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Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center

4201 Giant Springs Rd, Great Falls, MT 59405
406-727-8733
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Ranked #1 of 24 attractions in Great Falls
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Theaters
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Located on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River in Giant Springs Heritage State Park, this visitors center provides information and exhibits about... more » Owner description: Located on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River in Giant Springs Heritage State Park, this visitors center provides information and exhibits about Lewis and Clark's famous journey and the historical significance of the United States' westward expansion. « less
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Blairsville, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We had to stop in Rapid Falls to have some work done on our trailer wheels. Came upon this center while we were waiting. Wish we had more time to spend there but glad we had a quick visit.

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Alberta, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This was boring. Not too much to look at. Not worth paying for. I would not recommend. The upkeep is all dead and dry. Not very welcoming staff. Wanted to buy from the gift shop and no one was at the till. Had to ask someone to find the cashier.

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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Fascinating and more meaningful being at the riverside. Staff very helpful sometimes too helpful. Items on display very informative.

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Helena, Montana
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16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My daughter and I stopped for a rest and just discovered this place. Period costumed reenactors we making rope on the river bank and starting fire just like Lewis & Clark. 2 hours later we struggled to pull away and get back on the road. Returned another time with my son. Different day, same story!

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Montezuma, Indiana
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Beautiful Center was well organized and overlooks the Missouri River. The kid's activity to earn a Lewis and Clark patch helped the kids stay tuned to the exhibits in the center. Both movies we saw were great! VERY nice and helpful staff. The price was the nicest surprise....all 3 of our kids (13 years and younger) were free! My husband... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Learned a lot! Much to my surprise, even the kids enjoyed the museum. Needed more time to get through it all.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I learned much more than I expected, and the setting was truly lovely. The historical detail was eye-opening and it was not crowded so you could really enjoy it

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Petaluma, California
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Spent three hours at this center and could have stayed longer. However, unless you are a diehard history buff, you can't possibly read all the exhibit details. We did end up watching two of the movies which are worth it as others have pointed out. I am always fascinated by these early explorers, and this exhibit really delves into the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

You always study Lewis and Clark, but I had no idea about the situation with Great Falls, and it took them a whole month to portage around 5 different falls.

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Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Very nice, new interpretive center. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. There is a great display downstairs, which had information and activities for all ages, and a very good 30 minute movie that gives a nice overview of the Expedition. We have been to several Corps of Discovery sites and this was definitely one of the best. Definitely worth... More

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