Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum 5000 Discovery Drive • The Dalles • Oregon 97058

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

5000 Discovery Drive
The Dalles, Oregon 97058

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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
  • It's situated at a particularly stunning bend in the Columbia River, and boasts sleek, innovative architecture that incorporates natural elements drawn from the surrounding environment.
  • In the River Gallery, raw timber columns and basalt rock walls lend a rustic feeling, while a dramatic 30-foot-high wall of glass frames breathtaking views of the Klickitat Hills and Columbia River. A glossy imprint that mimics the Columbia runs along the center of the floor, creating a cool "aisle runner."
  • Gather your family for a slideshow in the M.J. Murdock Theater. With 140 comfy seats, an elevated stage, and a top-of-the-line projection room, digital projector and sound system, this space is plush enough to host a Hollywood movie premiere!

Prices: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $4,500/event and up
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Space reserved
    • Event duration
  • Rental of the River Gallery starts at $4,500 and includes tables, chairs, and linens. The rental runs 6–11:30pm and may be extended past 11:30pm for an additional fee of $300/hour. The Basalt Cafe, which includes an open air patio, may be rented for $225/hour, starting after 3pm.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 250 0
Cocktails, etc. Standing 400 100
Reception Seated 250 0
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 250.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Small Wedding
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night

Essential Info





Rooted In The Gorge is the preferred caterer for all events. If a different caterer is selected, an additional fee of $350 is required to use on-site kitchens, and the caterer must provide permits and licensing to the Event Director for approval.



A fee of $75 is required if bartenders will serve hard liquor. If an outside caterer or winery provides bar services, they must provide permits and licensing to the Event Director for approval.

Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily, anytime.

Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Garden
  • Museum
  • Non-Profit
  • River
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Creek / River
  • Forest / Woods
  • Garden
  • Hills
  • Lagoon / Pond
  • Lake
  • Meadow / Fields
  • Mountains


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