The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn

Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web
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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  • We visited here prior to going to Fort Mandan and it gave us an excellent insight into Lewis & Clark, their assigned mission, their plans and preparations and what they took with them etc. Everything ...  read more »
  • Very informative location. Very nice exhibits. It was really small and most of the information was about Fort Mandan. 
  • The Statute out front is probably the most impressive part of this museum. They do have artifacts but behind glass and a few audio sound bites but mostly there are signs to read. 
  • Great time, FUN but needs to be more interactive. Staff is nice but bathrooms need help
  • very nice. lots of info
  • Good.
  • The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center just had new exhibits installed (Jan. 2012). The exhibits describe President Jefferson's motivation for sponsoring the expedition, Clark's journal entries can be experienced via an audio kiosk, there's an interactive exhibit describing the supplies they took, and much more. It's worth visiting and experiencing!
  • Not sure where Judy got her info but the Interpretive Center is open and Fort Mandan is temporarily closed due to flooding. The Fort is said to reopen this fall.
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