Museums bring history alive, like a skeleton found underneath your house. Dig up the past with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $17 for a one-year individual membership (a $35 value)
- $25 for a one-year family membership (a $50 value)
- $9 for a one-day admission for two (up to an $18 value)
Children aged 5 and younger are admitted free of charge. Family memberships offer full member benefits for two adults and up to four children (must share a household) or four grandchildren younger than 21. Annual membership benefits include:
- Free museum admission for a year
- Free members' newsletter subscription
- Invitations to special exhibits and programs
- Discounts on lectures, films, workshops, classes, and special events
- 10% off at Columbia River Trading Company Museum Store
- 10% off at Basalt Rock Café (excludes alcohol)
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Wasco County Historical Museum
Situated on a 54-acre plot of land near the Columbia River, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Wasco County Historical Museum chronicles thousands of years of the area’s natural and cultural history. The 48,200-square-foot facility—which received an American Institute of Architects Honor Award—features interactive and multimedia exhibits that let guests study everything from the volcanic activity and floods that created the gorge to its wildlife. Guests can stand in the shadow of a life-size, 13-foot mammoth in the Ice Age exhibit or hide from its intimidating tusks under a canvas tent modeled after the one used by Lewis and Clark.
As the official interpretive center of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area, the center celebrates the area’s indigenous flora and fauna while working to preserve them. Five acres of indigenous plants host turtles, ducks, geese, songbirds, and other native wildlife, on which guests spy as they stroll through the nature walk. At the raptor exhibit, visitors can come face-to-beak with various birds of prey, including a bald eagle, a great horned owl, and a red-tailed hawk. The Discovery Center and Museum hosts frequent educational programs and tour groups that detail ways to protect the area’s biodiversity without having to marry a tree.