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‘Museum Day Live!’ encourages girls to explore national heritage

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is joining hundreds of cultural institutions across the country on Saturday, March 12 for the Smithsonian Institution’s “Museum Day Live!” This is a nationwide campaign to reach women and girls in underserved communities and provides an opportunity to the public throughout the U.S. to enjoy and share in our nation’s dynamic heritage and cultural life.

This special edition of Smithsonian’s signature “Museum Day Live!” event will encourage all people, and particularly women and girls, to explore their nation’s museums, cultural institutions, zoos, aquariums, parks and libraries, and offers a ticket for two for free admission to one museum for the day.

First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged every cultural institution in the country to do outreach and engagement with our young people, noting, “One visit, one performance, one touch, and who knows how you could spark a child’s imagination?”

To receive your free “Museum Day Live!” ticket for two guests at one museum only, register for an account at

Once registered, you can request a ticket to one participating venue. The ticket will be available to download immediately up to the date of the special event. You must print your ticket and present it to receive your free admission.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum is located at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. For information call 541-296-8600 ext. 201 or visit

About the Discovery Center

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Hands-on, multi-media exhibits illuminate the cultural and natural history of the Gorge, including Ice Age geology, Native American culture, Lewis and Clark, John C. Frémont, the Oregon Trail, trade, transportation, renewable energy, ecology, live raptor presentations and more. The museum is wheel-chair accessible, and family friendly, with a Kids Explorer room. Riverfront Trail offers hiking and biking, and a native plant nature trail circles the pond next to the museum. The Discovery Center is located off I-84 exit 82, at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon, 97058. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular adult admission is $9, seniors $7, kids 6 to 16 are $5, and children 5 and under free. Live raptor presentations are held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and daily during Spring Break. The Columbia River Trading Company museum store is open daily.

For more information, phone 541-296-8600 ext. 201, or visit


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