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The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Intersection of US Hwy 83 and ND Hwy 200A, 2576 8th St SW, Washburn, ND 58577
877-462-8535
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Washburn
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Historic Walking Areas
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Southern California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

The Interpretive Center is in two parts: the museum itself right on US-83N near Washburn, ND, and Fort Mandan which is a 2-mile drive down the road. Upon check-in at the Center, the docent referred us to an interpreter lecture which would take place down at the Fort. We were surprised to find another small museum at the Fort, with... More

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Deltona, Florida
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26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My wife and I were on our way from the Knife River Indian Village National Monument to our hotel in Bismarck when we saw this place on the highway map. Since the Interpretive Center was right on the interstate and it was mid-afternoon, we decided to stop. The Interpretive Center is really a combination museum/art gallery. We did pay an... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center provided a thorough and engaging exposition of the journey of the Corps of Discovery. My son and I read a children's book about the journey before coming to North Dakota. It was wonderful to see that brought to life at the center. The staff were also happy to answer our questions. This was well... More

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Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We stopped in here on our Band and Choir tour. After just browsing through the Buffalo Museum in Jamestown the previous day, I was please that they split the students into two groups and actually guided them through the museum. The guides were very energetic and knowledgable. The students also enjoyed trying on the buffalo hide coat and taking their... More

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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86 reviews 86 reviews
32 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

I was less than impressed. I expected quite a lot more for all of the appropriations the state has provided to the museum. It was mediocre at best. It was worth going to once but no point for us to go back. The drive from Bismarck was barely worth it.

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Dawson Creek, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This was a very interesting and informative center to tell of brave people who shaped the future for the west.

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Worthington, Ohio, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The center and grounds are beautiful and well kept. The collection of artifacts is impressive and interesting. The gift shop had a good assortment of merchandise. The guides at both the Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan were very knowledgeable. Everyone there was friendly. You see both sites with one admission ticket, we enjoyed it and thought it was well worth... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

May be good for school children, but i thought it was somewhat boring. The price was $7.50 for adults, to much for what you get.

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Williamsville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

After following the Lewis and Clark Trail a few miles north of Washburn, I explored this center the next day. The interactive displays were accurate and enhanced my knowledge of this exploration. I was also privileged to talk to a L & C expert about.my thoughts, after my previous readings. A must destination if you appreciate American Exploration!

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

The center is building on so there will be even more to see in the future. Great explanation of Lewis & Clark's time in the area as well as other people. We spent about 2.5 hours but you can spend as much time as you'd like. Robert at the center was excellent about coming around and answering questions.

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