The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn

(4.3/5 based on 75+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • Stop over at a historic center and rebuilt fort. Has a very informative staff at the fort tour down on the river.  more »
  • Fort Mandan was built by the Lewis and Clark Expedition for only housing them the first winter. The tour of the fort was very informative. The Museum, which is very good, is where you pay for the tour...  more »
  • We thought we should visit this center to get some more information on the Lewis and Clark expedition. This is billed as an interpretative museum. But in fact, it is a little less of that and an awful...  more »
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  • very nice. lots of info
  • Great time, FUN but needs to be more interactive. Staff is nice but bathrooms need help
  • 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!
  • Good.
  • 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.