409 Riverfront Way Reedsport, Oregon
Located at 409 Riverfront Way, look for the Totem Pole, the Center is accessible from either the street or a boardwalk along the beautiful Umpqua River waterfront. Whether you are headed North or South on Highway 101, you have to turn onto Highway 38 East and follow the signs to get to the Umpqua Discovery Center.
Inside the Umpqua Discovery Center you will be taken on a journey through time in the Tidewaters and Time cultural history exhibit. The adventure begins with the Kuuich Indians and early explorers, such as Jedediah Smith. You can listen early pioneer's stories about life in a tidewater town and watch videos of how logging was done. You can walk through the fish cannery and tidewater town. The combination of genuine historical artifacts and high-tech sound and light will heighten your appreciation of the experience.
Inside Discovery center there are many exhibits. In the natural history exhibit, Pathways to Discovery, visitors are taken along on a simulated outdoor adventure. First, there’s the estuary at sunrise in the fall, followed by the deep forest in winter at mid-day, where you can slide into the bear cave and learn about hibernating bears. Next is weather station, where you can listen to storm stories from the past, and learn a wealth of information from the OMSI exhibits on rain, wind, and atmosphere. You pass through high mountain meadow on a spring afternoon, and then to a summer sunset in the dunes. The end of the trail is the Subterranean Education Room where you’ll view videos on Skeletons, Animal Homes, Weather and Seashore. An additional 30+ films are available in the 50 seat theater, where you can also view the Reedsport Area Community "Album Quilt" that was created by the Coast Quilters. The quilt includes 15 historic landmarks, which was given to the Umpqua Discovery Center for the permanent display.
For a panoramic view of Umpqua river and shoreline, look through the 35 foot periscope in the community room. You can end your visit with a purchase of educational, unusual, and unique items in the gift and book shop.
Hours Of Operation
June 01 to Sept 30 : Mon-Sat: 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday: 12 noon-4 PM
October 01 to May 31 : Mon-Sat: 10 AM-4 PM; Sunday: 12 noon-4 PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
The Center is Wheelchair Accessible, with (1) wheelchair available for use
Adults: $8.00; Children (5-16 Years) - $4.00
The center includes a 50 Seat Theater and Boardwalk that can be rented for Weddings, Receptions, Meetings, Reunions, etc. Please contact the center for pricing and reservations.