The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn

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#4 of 16 in Historic Sites in North Dakota
The North Dakota Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, operated by the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, interprets the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, with a special focus on the winter they spent at Fort Mandan. It opened in 1997 and overlooks the Missouri River outside of Washburn, North Dakota (38 miles north of Bismarck, North Dakota's capital).The center also interprets other aspects of North Dakota history, including the farming-based cultures of the Mandan and Hidatsa nations, the fur trade at Fort Clark Trading Post State Historic Site, Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied's expedition through the area in the 1830s, and later agriculture in the state.The Center also includes a museum store, temporary exhibits, an events facility, and a research library. It is attached to a highway rest stop serving Highways 83 and 200A. There are images on display by Karl Bodmer, a Swiss artist who traveled to North Dakota in 1833 with Prince Alexander Maximilian of Wied, Germany.
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  • August 5, 2017
    For a small site it sure packs a lot of information. We did learn some new details on a subject that we thought we knew pretty well. I never thought that I would say this but the gift shop was differe...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    This interpretative look at Lewis and Clark and the culture and lifestyles of the natives and settlers of North Dakota was a fascinating way to spend a rainy morning. The Mandan and Hidatsa tribes wer...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    Staff member showed my children (4 and 7) how to wear a buffalo robe and had us taste different corns. I thought he did a nice job of keeping my kids interested.  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    A surprise stop. It was very informative. Much enjoyed. Expect to spend some time here
  • July 7, 2017
    Nicely put together for education and fun. The kids enjoyed being explorers for the day.
  • June 16, 2017
    Great place to stop and spend a couple hours. Very informative and convenient for a break in travel.
  • June 23, 2017
    Lots of great art and we'll planned out
  • December 23, 2016
    Nice place to stop on the drive between Bismarck and Minot. Has a gift shop with local products, a museum, and public restrooms.

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