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Official Interpretive Center of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area


Due to the forecast of high heat, and in consideration of the health of our visitors and staff, the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum will close at 3 pm (instead of 5 pm)  through Wednesday, July 17, 2024. We will provide updates as needed.
If you have questions, please call 541-296-8600 ext. 201.
We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.



“Wildfire: An Artistic Reckoning”
the Art of Ann Ruttan

Exhibition runs through August 18, 2024

Solar Saturday
Saturday, July 20, 10 am to 12 pm
View the surface of the sun through a sun-safe telescope, with Bob Yoesle and Billy O’Keefe
Free outdoor event (weather permitting)

Art and Wildfire
Sunday, July 21, 2-4pm
Artists Ann Ruttan and Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield discuss the impact wildfires have had on their art. Free to the public.

International Owl Day
Sunday, August 4, 10 am to 3 pm

“We Believe—Sasquatch in the Columbia River Gorge”
in partnership with the North American Bigfoot Center
August 22 to December 31, 2024

BUCKAROO BBQ Live & Silent Auction
Annual “Vintage Evening” auction fundraiser
Saturday, October 5, 2024 || Doors open at 5:30 pm

Raptor Programs:

Join our weekly public raptor presentations every Thursday – Sunday at 11 am. Our raptor educators share about these fascinating birds and take you on a visit to see our bald eagles, Liberty and Ferguson, in their enclosure.
Not able to make it? You can still view the bald eagles on our Live Raptor Cam during regular museum hours.

Saturday Spinners:

Members of the Northwest Weavers Guild and Northwest Regional Spinners Association will be here most Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm demonstrating traditional weaving and spinning in the River Gallery. Join them to give it a try and discuss the past and current role of sheep ranching, wool production, and fiber arts in the region. 

Riverfront Trail:

Our scenic and historic Riverfront Trail is always open dawn to dusk and we encourage you to enjoy the trails.
We require pets to be on leashes, for their safety and yours.
Remember: Not all dogs are friendly when confronted with an unleashed animal. It triggers “Stranger Danger” instincts.
Please continue to clean up after your pets.

Open Daily: 9 am to 5 pm

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum Event Calendar
The Dalles History Exhibit
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum Membership
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum Raptor Exhibit
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Environmental Stewardship at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum
The Dalles Oregon Historical Resources
Nature Walk in The Dalles Oregon
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