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 museum is such a worthwhile visit! From the moment you hit the parking lot you begin to appreciate the amazing architecture. The lobby entrance is fantastic. A bird of prey show and talk...  more »
  • This museum does a good job of presenting a history of the Columbia River Gorge, from the geology to the people who have settled here over the many generations. It covers the Native Americans who...  more »
  • 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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