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Grand Coulee Visitor Center

Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center

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The Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center was built in the late 1970s as part of the dam’s Third Powerplant
expansion. It was designed by architect Marcel Breuer to resemble a generator rotor. An evening laser show using four large ion gas lasers was added in 1989. The center was retrofitted in 2004 for seismic, life-safety, and accessibility standards.

In 2006, new exhibits and displays were installed. The exhibits interpret Grand Coulee's role as one of the main irrigation, flood control, and hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River. They also address the effects the dam has had on various groups of people, including Native Americans and early settlers. The new exhibits were designed, manufactured, and installed by Formations, Inc., of Portland, Oregon. The visitor center is fully accessible and features hands-on exhibits, an auditorium, and restrooms.
Hours of Operation
The visitor center is open daily (except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, with extended hours between Memorial Day and September 30.
  • Public tours have concluded for the winter months. We will resume public tours on April 1, 2014
Call (509) 633-9265 for details.

Last Update: February 10, 2014 12:52 PM