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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

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History Museums, Natural History Museums, School Trip, Healthy/Active, Educational, Green
5000 Discovery Dr, The Dalles, OR
URL: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center...  Phone: 541-296-8600
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Activity Overview

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum is a fascinating attraction within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, a popular recreation area stretches along both sides of the Columbia River. It features a wide range of exhibits that teach visitors about the history, geology, wildlife, and development of the gorge, with topics like the Ice Age, the Lewis & Clark expedition, and the Oregon Trail. It also offers a beautiful nature walk that provides spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge, the Klickitat Hills, and other natural wonders.

Things to Do

  • Go for a family hike along their nature walk, which passes through wetland habitats and provides amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge.
  • View the Cargo of Lewis & Clark exhibit, which focuses on the 30 tons of supplies the explorers carried across the United States during their expedition and how they transported it all.
  • Explore the Ice Age exhibit, which features a life-size mammoth and other fascinating creatures from the Ice Age.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum Insider Tips

  • Attend one of their live raptor presentations, which generally take place at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the summertime.
  • Check out their calendar to learn about upcoming events such as nature walks, ranger presentations, drawing workshops, and more.
  • Stop by the Columbia River Trading Co. gift shop in order to buy locally made pottery, jewelry, and toys - all proceeds help support the museum's programs and exhibits.

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