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Midwest Living Review: Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Posted on 10/22/2012

By Beth Schatz Kaylor, Midwest Living

Well-designed interactive exhibits, a welcoming atmosphere and a great gift shop make the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center a must-see in central North Dakota.

The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center cuts a dashing figure from the approach because of its beautiful timber-frame building visible from Highway-83 just north of Washburn. Large statues of Lewis and Clark talking to Mandan Chief Sheheke out front also make a great first impression (and photo opportunity).

The center is fairly small but has stepped up its game with new exhibits-slick touchscreens invite visitors to interact, and attractive informational displays take guests back to the days of that famous 1804 to 1806 expedition. The staff is friendly and the historical interpreters definitely know their stuff, freely sharing insights into the life and times of Lewis and Clark.

The $7.50 admission fee covers the center and Fort Mandan, a fort replica located 2 miles down the road. Plan on hitting both sites in one visit; each is worth the time. Most people won't spend all day here, but allot at least an hour to get through the center and another for Fort Mandan. To get the most from the experience, plan to spend some extra time walking the trails by Fort Mandan and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy under the cottonwood trees.

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