Museum of the Columbia

What was it like to pilot a river boat on the Columbia River in the late 1800s? You don’t have to get your feet wet to find out. Step into the pilot house of the sternwheeler, Columbia, wrap your hands around the spokes of the six foot pilot wheel, and steer your course up the wild, untamed river.

Chelan PUD welcomes you to one of the most exciting and innovative interpretive museums in the West, the Rocky Reach Museum of the Columbia at Rocky Reach Dam. It shows the West as it really was—settlers, Native Americans, steam boaters, lumbermen and railroaders in life-size photos. Stand inches away from a historical tramway reconstructed from original parts.

The Museum of the Columbia may be the closest you will ever come to a trip in a time machine—back into the pioneer history of our region and beyond. Go back in time beyond the pioneer era, step over to a reconstructed archaeological dig and see what primitive man left behind that tells us a story about him. Another part of history is told in the ancient pictograph rock paintings on display nearby.

The Museum of the Columbia, an exciting learning experience, is one of several visitor attractions at Rocky Reach Dam.

5000 State Hwy 97A
Wenatchee, WA 98801
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Rocky Reach Discovery Center, Rocky Reach Park, and the Museum of the Columbia are closed for the season and will reopen in the Spring of 2019. 

For information about upcoming events, group tours, weddings in our pergola, and reservation questions, please call (509) 663-7522.

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