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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  • During our unexpected visit to The Dalles because we evacuated from Oregon City during the fires, we found The Discovery Center entertained and educated us about Oregon History. Because we had lots...  more »
  • Beautiful columbia gorge highway great place to visit wonderful scenic road. Winery on the way with delicious wine and nice people  more »
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  • Great experience and a solid history and immersion into the local history since Lewis and Clark. Special shout out to Birds of Prey staff and their great dedication to protecting these treasures.
  • Can’t wait for inservice tomorrow to see the exhibits...

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