Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

This listing is provided by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum is a lense through which to appreciate the rich history and ecology of the Columbia River Gorge and Wasco County. With a sprawling 54-acre site along the Columbia River, the museum’s 48,200 sq. ft. facility has earned the prestigious American Institute of Architects Honor Award for its appealing design, offering a family-friendly and wheelchair-accessible space.

Venture through over 11,000 years of history, exploring the Lewis and Clark and Oregon Trails. The grounds, meticulously restored with native vegetation, showcase ninety blooming native plant species adapted to the gorge’s environment. A wildflower database aids identification, while accessible trails provide breathtaking views of the Columbia River and Klickitat Hills.

Inside, immerse yourself in captivating exhibits and films at the on-site theater. The Columbia River Trading Co. beckons with a curated selection of local art, jewelry, toys, books, and more. Make your moments unforgettable by hosting a unique event in the iconic River Gallery, surrounded by raw timber columns and basalt rock walls. The Basalt Rock Café & Catering ensures a seamless experience.

Conveniently located off I-84, the museum offers a spectacular backdrop for weddings, corporate events, or private gatherings.