We're updating this community treasure
The Discovery Center at Rocky Reach Dam has amazed and amused our Wenatchee Valley neighbors, and visitors from around the globe, since the 1960s. Hard to believe, but very little has changed there since it opened -- when gas cost 30 cents a gallon and phones hung on the wall.
You’re invited to buckle your seatbelt and blast off with us on a journey to a 21st century learning experience. Changes coming over the next 18 months will make sure this community treasure continues to provide lasting value for the next 50 years.
Here’s what’s coming:
• Expanded and updated exhibits in the Discovery Center
• Big new windows in fish viewing
• Hands-on displays and exciting new ways to experience the Columbia River
This summer is the time to come out to Rocky Reach before it closes on Oct. 31
We’re celebrating the rich history at the center and in the Museum of the Columbia before the transition into a new Discovery Center, which is set to open in spring 2021.
Oct. 1, 2019: Fish viewing will close so work can start on installing larger windows
Oct. 31, 2019: The Museum of the Columbia is permanently closing. Some of the favorite exhibits including the tule house and ship’s wheel will move to new space in the expanded and remodeled Discovery Center. Other items will go to the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, and many will be archived and stored.
Spring 2021: Grand re-opening
During construction, there still will be powerhouse tours and many of the popular education programs including Summer Science and River Ramble. Some will be held in Rocky Reach Park, which will stay open, and in other Chelan PUD parks.
Join us in celebrating our past and embracing the Discovery Center’s future
Visit now, follow the progress of our journey to the future on this page, and get ready to party in spring 2021 at our grand re-opening. Stay tuned for more information!
Discovery Center Access and Security Policy
Rocky Reach Discovery Center is located on the west side of Rocky Reach Dam, easily accessible from Highway 97A, and offers ample parking for guests, including recreational vehicles and buses. Until closing Oct. 31, guests will continue to be welcomed to a museum, café, balconies that offer panoramic views of the dam and grounds, the juvenile fish bypass system, the reservoir (Lake Entiat) and the Columbia River. A 90-seat theater shows movies throughout the day and upon request. Guided tours are available by appointment.