Umpqua Discovery Center, Reedsport

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‘Where There’s Always Something New to Discover’

Come inside the Umpqua Discovery Center on Reedsport’s riverfront and you’ll enter an exciting new world. You will be taken on a journey through time in the Tidewaters and Time cultural history exhibit. The adventure begins with the Kuuich Indians and early explorers, such as Jedediah Smith. Listen as the early pioneers tell stories about life in a tidewater town and watch videos of how logging was done in the past. Walk through the fish cannery and tidewater town. The combination of genuine historical artifacts and high-tech sound and light will heighten your appreciation of the experience.

In the natural history exhibit, Pathways to Discovery, visitors are taken along on a simulated outdoor adventure. First, there’s the estuary at sunrise in the fall. This is followed by the deep forest in winter at mid-day, where you can slide into the bear cave and learn about hibernating bears. Next you enter the weather station, listen to storm stories from the past, and learn a wealth of information from the OMSI exhibits on rain, wind, and atmosphere. Your journey will continue to a high mountain meadow on a spring afternoon, and then to a summer sunset in the dunes. The end of the trail is the Subterranean Education Room where you’ll view videos on elk, bats, sand, and dunes.

Located at 409 Riverfront Way, the Center is accessible from either the street or a boardwalk along the beautiful Umpqua River waterfront. For a more panoramic view, look through the 35 foot periscope in the community room. To remember your visit, there are educational, unusual, and unique items in the gift and book shop.

Open Daily:

Monday thru Saturday: 10:00am to 5pm (June 1 – September 30) and 10am to 4pm (Oct. 1 – May 31).

Sunday: 12:00 to 4:00pm Admission charged.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's
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  • We're full time travelers and have visited museums and exhibit centers nationwide. The Umpqua Discovery Center is exceptional. The murals are works of art and are worth the visit alone, but the...  more »
  • My sister took us here for the centennial of Reedsport and we absolutely loved it! The history and the way it even keeps the youngest engaged. Plus the gift shop was generous on a variety of fun...  more »
  • A wonderful hidden away surprise. 2 separate areas of interest. Historical: Fascinating descriptions of life in this area from over 6000 years ago up to 1900s. Lifelike beautifully painted murals. And Nature: animals and trees including excellent documentaries .
  • Learn about early life in the Umpqua and the native animals. Great dock and look out point. Kids love to see, hear and touch to learn about the habitat. Truly a sensory overload and joy for kids. Great gift shop with view and friendly local staff.

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