Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum

5000 Discovery Dr.
The Dalles, OR 97058- Map It
(541) 296-8600
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AAA Editor Notes

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum off I-84 exit 82; take US 30 (Historic Columbia River Hwy.) 1.5 mi. n. to 5000 Discovery Dr. The official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the Discovery Center includes multisensory exhibits illustrating the cataclysmic creation of the gorge and its variety of native plants, wildlife, geology and Native American artistry. Visitors can see live raptor shows featuring hawks, owls and falcons daily at 11 and 2. The Wasco County Historical Museum illuminates the county's pioneer and steamboat history, and salmon's changing role in culture. Explore replicas and period objects representing the supplies and equipment carried by the Lewis and Clark expedition. An ice age exhibit features a life-size 13-foot Columbian mammoth. The Kids Explorer Room provides several hands-on learning experiences. Wildlife can be seen year-round, and wildflowers are in bloom April through June. The grounds offer paved biking/hiking trails and scenic overlooks. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.
$9; $7 (ages 62+); $5 (ages 6-16). Grounds free.
AAA Benefit:
Save $1 off admission. Explore the supplies and equipment carried by the Lewis and Clark expedition. An Ice Age exhibit features a life-sized 13-foot Columbian mammoth. The Kids Explorer Room provides several hands-on learning experiences.
Hours: Daily 9-5. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas.