Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
2576 8th Street Southwest
P.O. Box 607
Washburn, North Dakota 58577

Wendy Spencer, Director
Phone: (701) 462-8535
Email: wspencer@fortmandan.org

The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center provides an overview of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, with special emphasis on the time spent at Fort Mandan during the winter of 1804-1805. The displays include Native American artifacts, a buffalo robe visitors can try on, as well as a "cradle-board" much like the one Sakakawea may have used to carry her baby. An authentic wood canoe carved from the trunk of a large cottonwood tree demonstrates the winter preparations the Expedition made while at Fort Mandan.

After Lewis and Clark left to continue their journey west, the rich history of this area continued to grow, with the establishment of Fort Clark in 1830. Built as a trading post of the American Fur Company, Fort Clark soon became a cultural and diplomatic center for the early Americans and the neighboring Mandan and Arikara tribes. The latest addition to the Interpretive Center - the Fort Clark Exhibit in the Sheldon Gallery - presents the history of the mighty steamboats, frontier trade and Native American culture that saturated this region.

The Interpretive Center's Bergquist Gallery, one of only four galleries in the world to house a complete collection, rotates the prints of Karl Bodmer on a seasonal basis. Bodmer's watercolors and Maximilian's written descriptions are considered the most complete and reliable eyewitness account of the Upper Midwest Indian cultures.

Location: Intersection of US Highway 83 and ND Highway 200A on McLean CountyHighway 17, Washburn, North Dakota, 38 miles north of Bismarck.

Hours of Operation: Open all year. Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m; remainder of year 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan: Adults $7.50; Students (K-College) $5.00; Foundation members free.

School Tours: To arrange a school field trip to the Interpretive Center, call (701)462-8535. Student admission for prescheduled school tour groups is $3.00 per person.

Group Tours: To arrange a group tour to the Interpretive Center, call (701)462-8535. Group tour admission is $6.00 per person.

For more information contact the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center or visit them on the web at www.fortmandan.com.