Collections at the Discovery Center

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center has more than 26,000 documented objects in its collections. Explore photographs, Native American artifacts, and household furnishings of the region. The Center is interested in expanding its collections and welcomes inquiries from potential donors. The collections are open for research by appointment. Contact Carmagene Uhalde collections@gorgediscovery.org or 541.296.8600

Indian fishing with dipnet in eddy of the Columbia River

Historic Photo Archive

Explore images of Celilo Falls, the Gorge, and area communities from the mid-1800s through the 20th century.

With the generous assistance of Northern Wasco County People's Utility District, the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center offers photo archive over one thousand photos for viewing by researchers, students, and the general public.

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Basket Collection of the Pacific Northwest

Baskets of the Pacific Northwest

Conservation and online access to the basket collection is supported by grants from Oregon Heritage Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust, both of which invest in preserving Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage.

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George Lawrence Company Exhibit

This newly-expanded exhibit features the leatherworking machinery and tools of an industry integrally tied to the history of the west. From Irish immigrant roots dating to 1857, the George Lawrence Company of Portland grew to become a famed icon in saddle making. The artistry and skill of 140 years in operation is conveyed in this unique collection, funded by The James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and the Lawrence family.

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Columbia River Gorge National
Scenic Area

Cargo—Lewis & Clark Expedition

Ice Age Exhibit

Collections at the Discovery

Wasco County Past and Present

Nature Walk & Plant Restorations

George Lawrence Saddles

Stewardship for the Next Generation