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Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center

The visitor center is open daily (except Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, with extended hours between Memorial Day and September 30. During the summer season the visitor center is open until the laser light show, One River, Many Voices, ends. Show times vary, learn more >> or call call (509) 633-9265.

Visitor Center Hours:

  • October 1, 2014 - May 22, 2015: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center was built in the late 1970s as part of the dam’s Third Power Plant
expansion. It was designed by architect Marcel Breuer to resemble a generator rotor. An evening laser light show was added in 1989. The center was retrofitted in 2004 for seismic, life-safety, and accessibility standards. The original laser equipment was replaced in 2013 and a new laser light show, One River, Many Voices, premiered in 2014.

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.

Related Documents
02/2014 Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center Hours PDF 793 kb
05/2013 Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center Exhibits PDF 4.72 mb
03/2012 Grand Coulee Dam Statistics and Facts PDF 190 kb
Related Links
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
Grand Coulee Chamber of Commerce
Washington State Birding Trail: Coulee Corridor
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