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Admission to Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

As the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of the Columbia River Gorge and Wasco County. The price of admission allows you the opportunity to explore 40 million years of geologic history, 10,000 years of native cultural history, and over 200 years of modern history through interactive multimedia exhibits. Time travel was never easier!

Exhibits include Ice Age, Lewis & Clark, the Oregon Trail, Native American Culture, and the Wasco County History Museum. We also offer a Live Raptor Program (please call for the current schedule).

You don’t need to pay admission to enjoy the Basalt Rock Cafe and visit the Columbia River Trading Co. museum store, where you will find a wide selection of local history books, educational toys and games, regional wine, artisan jewelry, and fantastic art.

Amenities include a 144-seat theater, free public Wi-Fi, access to outdoor paved walking nature trails, and a large parking lot to accommodate large groups, tour buses, and RVs.

There is never an admission charge to visit the Columbia River Trading Company.

General Admission $12.00
Seniors $10.00
Scheduled Groups of 10 or more* $6.50 Must be scheduled in advance and pay with 1 transaction.  541.296.8600, ext. 202
Ages 6-16 $7.00
Children five and under Free
Museum members Free Click here to become a Member.


Student and Chaperones $5.00 Must be scheduled through our staff in advance and paid with one transaction. Schedule now:

541.296.8600, ext. 209

Teachers Free

To become a Museum Member, click here.

Columbia River Cruises

We welcome visitors from cruise boats on the Columbia River. Please contact Laura Matzer at, 541-296-8600 ext. 245, for information regarding scheduling, special programming, and pricing.

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Admission Special Rates

Mother’s Day – Moms get free admission

Father’s Day – Dads get free admission

Blue Star Museums – Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Celilo Inn Passport – Gorge Passport package gives discounts to area museums & wineries. For more information visit

Cousin’s Country Inn – Gorge Discovery Package, for more information visit

Entertainment Book – 2 for 1 General Admission

Family Fun Pass – KINK radio museum pass promotion that includes Oregon Zoo, Portland Art Museum, Chinese Garden, Oregon History Museum, Pittock Mansion, Portland Children’s Museum, and more, info at

Oregon and Washington Spring Break – All students get in free with a paying adult

Library Day Pass – Two passes are available for check-out at the Wasco County Public Library

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