The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn

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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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  • A great way to experience local history! The legendary journey of Lewis & Clark is well documented with many amazing artifacts including a buffalo robe you can try on and a few fun activities for kids...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • A surprise stop. It was very informative. Much enjoyed. Expect to spend some time here
  • Nicely put together for education and fun. The kids enjoyed being explorers for the day.
  • Great place to stop and spend a couple hours. Very informative and convenient for a break in travel.
  • Lots of great art and we'll planned out
  • Nice place to stop on the drive between Bismarck and Minot. Has a gift shop with local products, a museum, and public restrooms.