The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and reconstructed Fort Mandan offer a surprising array of ways to learn the stories of the Upper Missouri.
At the Interpretive Center, the Lewis & Clark Gallery uses state-of-the-art interactive displays and period artifacts to illustrate the Expedition's journey and its Enlightenment beginnings. Other galleries include the Fort Clark Gallery on the fur trade and the Agrarian Exhibit about how the centuries-old tradition of Native farming on the Upper Missouri influenced modern agriculture. A temporary exhibit gallery displays rotating collections of Western art by such artists as George Catlin, Karl Bodmer, Michael Haynes, and Michael Westergard. The upcoming Maximilian-Bodmer Gallery will tell the story of Maximilian and Bodmer's expedition in 1833, the source of some the most beloved paintings of the unspoiled West.
Headwaters Fort Mandan Visitor Center
At the Headwaters Fort Mandan Visitor Center, the Corps of Discovery's story at Fort Mandan takes center stage. Exhibits describe the friendly but complicated relationship between the Corps and their Native neighbors, while the richly-furnished fort looks as it did during the winter of 1804-05. At all these sites, interpreters are available to answer questions and provide more information.
Also during your visit, be sure to take in one of our interpretive programs. These presentations range from informal talks to interactive, kid-friendly activities to historical nature walks. Designed in the art of Heritage Interpretation, they'll offer you greater depth about the topics handled in our exhibits and kindle your enthusiasm for Upper Missouri history. Our thematic programs change daily and are conducted at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sundays at the Headwaters Fort Mandan Visitor Center (this schedule is subject to change - please call ahead for more information).
Make plans to join us at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan to experience the fascinating history of this crossroads of culture and commerce!