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Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center

Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center temporarily closed, tours delayed, laser light show postponed

The Bureau of Reclamation has temporarily closed public visitation to the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center in support of the recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tours of the dam were set to begin April 1, 2020, but will be delayed until further notice. Additionally, the laser light show was scheduled to begin May 23, 2020, but will be postponed until further notice. The health and safety of the public and our employees is our number one priority.

Water deliveries and powerplant operations will continue without interruption. Mission essential functions, such as security and law enforcement, will continue.

Check our website for updates at or call 509-633-9507.

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
01/2019 Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center Hours (PDF 793 kb)
08/2018 Grand Coulee Dam Knowledge Scavenger Hunt
05/2013 Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center Exhibits (PDF 4.72 mb)
03/2012 Grand Coulee Dam Statistics and Facts (PDF 190 kb)

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Grand Coulee Visitor Center
(509) 633-9265

Last Updated: 4/19/21