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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, The Dalles

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The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum is the official interpretive center and history museum about the Columbia River Gorge located on 54 acres (22 ha) in The Dalles, Oregon. Opened in 1997, the 48,200-square-foot (4,480 m2) Center features exhibits about the area's geology, Ice Age prehistory, Native American culture and basketry, exploration by Lewis and Clark and others on the Oregon Trail, settlement, transportation and natural history. The Wasco County Historical Museum is a 17,200 square-foot exhibit wing which tells the history of the people of Wasco County, Oregon.

The center also offers live raptor programs, a research library, meeting rooms, auditorium, gift shop and cafe. The site includes a handicap accessible paved interpretive trail with vistas of the Columbia River Gorge and the Klickitat Hills.

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  • The staff are friendly, history of Lewis and Clark well preserved. Nice childrens area and gift store has wonderful books! Beautiful facility! Wonderful place! 
    The staff are friendly, history of Lewis and Clark well preserved. Nice childrens area and gift store has wonderful books! Beautiful facility! Wonderful place!  more »
  • This was an excellent, well laid out museum, which covered the ice ages and modern development of the Columbia River. There was even a raptor display/interaction with a very knowledgeable young... 
    This was an excellent, well laid out museum, which covered the ice ages and modern development of the Columbia River. There was even a raptor display/interaction with a very knowledgeable young...  more »
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  • Nice museum with some nice set pieces and artifacts. Several videos to watch that can take a while. There was a live kestrel when we went. Outside there is a nice picnic area, but it was quite windy so we ended up eating in the car. Friendly staff. Nice view from here too.
  • We hosted our wedding at the Discovery Center. Tiffany and her team were wonderful. Twelve days before our wedding, our prior venue backed out and we were left scrambling. Thankfully, the Discovery Center was available. In less than two weeks, Tiffany and her team helped us prepare the perfect setting for our wedding and reception. The staff were delightful and friendly, they were incredibly thoughtful in helping us sort through all of the details and everything went off without a hitch. In addition to the beautiful scenery and stunning hall, our guests enjoyed touring the exhibits during the reception, and a few enjoyed the quiet of the theatre to escape all the fun of the dance floor. This venue has literally everything you need for the perfect wedding day - including stunning photo locations.

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