Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
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  • Jeff7520
    Castle Rock, Colorado366 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Great Museum about the L&C Expedition
    This is a great museum with a very thorough exploration of the L&C Expedition with tons of interactive and engaging exhibits. It's situated in the perfect place on a bluff overlooking the MIssouri River and even though the Great Falls of the Missouri no longer have their historic grandeur, you can envision it the way that the L&C expedition did. WE could have spent many hours here but had to hurry. I'd like to go back and sped more time.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • FamilyWithTeen
    Boston, Massachusetts5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Discover US history -- and the real story.
    A surprisingly informative and worthwhile place to visit. Provides in-depth details on the expedition alongside a great documentary video by Ken Burns and spectacular views. We parents (50s) and daughter (high school) agreed it was great. We realized how courageous and ahead-of-their time Lewis and Clark were.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
  • DillonM1905
    Laramie, Wyoming442 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    How did those Explorer's drag those Canoes Overland?!?
    Really good Lewis and Clark center, friendly staff, great information and exhibits. Free for us with an Annual Park Pass/NPS. Worth the drive out of town and driving out to see the multiple locations of the old falls, now much changed with the damming of the river.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Sara T
    Ellicott City, Maryland964 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You’ll be happy you went
    I feel I got information about Lewis & Clark’s expedition that I never got in school. They did a very thorough job of documenting their journey. According to their time line. Make sure you watch the Kevin Burn’s video. Plan on spending a couple of hours to go through the exhibits.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 29, 2023
  • MAP12
    New Orleans, Louisiana632 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Things they didn't tell you about the Lewis & Clark Expedition
    We had to adjust our schedule to see this because during the "winter" schedule (September?) they close on Sunday & Monday. There was no way I was going to bring a friend to Great Falls and not show her this museum. She was impressed. I think it's one of the best of the Lewis & Clark museums I've been to.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 12, 2023
  • Brian M
    Tacoma, Washington26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best Lewis and Clark museum I have seen.
    What a wonderful museum. This museum covers the entire journey of Lewis and Clark and does it great depth. So much information and presented in a very interesting way. Well worth the drive to go see. We spent over three hours there.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 13, 2024
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Susan W
Joliet, MT235 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Great museum, have been there twice before. Took a friend there for the first time and was disappointed to find only the lobby area and gift shop were open. On the plus side we weren't charged an admission fee, but there is so much more to see in this museum that wasn't available. We'll try again.
Written July 23, 2020
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michellehouse
Evansville, IN284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Museum did a great job balancing providing informative displays for adults and having hands on things the kids could explore to keep them interested. The main floor is designed so that you follow the full journey from start to finish and it goes through the many challenges the members of the group faced. Our kids really enjoyed the museum and doing the Jr Ranger program. Afterward we walked the nice paved trail down to the river and watched the birds swimming on the river. The museum is connected to the state park via a nice bike trail.
Written August 4, 2021
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EC13091
Ellicott City, MD1,489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
We have traveled the Lewis and Clark route from Missouri to Great Falls, and this center was, hands down, the best and most comprehensive of any of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Centers along the route. We easily spent two and a half hours here, watching two films and seeing the entire exhibit. Much of this was a repeat for us having come up the Missouri for so many miles, but each exhibit gave us something new. Well worth the cost of admission (although our National Parks pass was honored, so we got in free). If you know little to nothing about Lewis and Clark, this would be a great place to start. But it is geared toward history buffs. We heard one woman exclaim, “I shouldn’t have come. This doesn’t interest me at all.” She shouldn’t have come. But if you are interested, even moderately, you’ll come away with a great understanding of the Corps of Discovery.
Written September 9, 2022
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Laura C
Sidney, MT57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
There was so much to see here, I think it merits at least half a day. We walked from Giant Springs State Park with our kids. The kids adored the Newfoundland dog that greeted them. There was so much information about the Lewis and Clark expedition and the local tribes, with hands on activities for the kids and educational films all day. Highly recommend!
Written July 3, 2021
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Helen C
Renton, WA1,097 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
I loved the short movie about the portage. The exhibits and displays are very well illustrated to interest the visitor. This is the best Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center I have visited. The staff is very helpful. It's free if you have a national parks pass.
Written June 29, 2021
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lsmith78232018
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
All of the exhibits are open with the exception of the films being shown. The entrance fee is still waived at this point. The exhibits are well done and the interpretive center is well worth the visit if you're in the area especially since it is free
Written May 8, 2021
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Scott R
Helena, MT98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
It had been about 10 years since my last visit and it still holds the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition out for all to share. Going in the winter time, we enjoyed no crowds and plenty of time delaying at the exhibits. Plenty of hands on displays for younger visitors. The visuals out the large observation windows overlooking the river add a nice open feel to the exhibits. There is a great walking path along the river towards the falls whch should not be missed.
Written May 12, 2023
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ffaith619
Columbus, OH86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This museum was well done! The ladies on each floor were extremely helpful, informative, and pleasant. I appreciated the interactive pieces and the number of details in the display. The only area for improvement was the gift shop. I would have appreciated a few more postcards, shirt designs, and other trinkets.
Written July 16, 2022
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SunBirdNC
Richmond, VA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This center covers the entire L&C mission - not just the portion in this area of Montana. It is designed to engage the visitor by including hands-on opportunities. Even if you are not much of a history buff, this center is well worth a visit.
Written September 27, 2022
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schwartzcga65
Ashburn, VA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We just happened upon the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center while looking at the falls of Great Falls along the Missouri River. How lucky we were! Please make this a MUST on your visit to Great Falls. The Center is very well designed and staffed. We were even greeted by a large, friendly dog of the breed that accompanied L&C on their trek. You needn't spend long, but the movie (about 20 min.) covers much of what you need to know to appreciate L&C's contributions to history and our nation. We flew into Great Falls as the starting point for our visits to Glacier and Yellowstone NPs. As you'll pass the Missouri River many times if you roam around western Montana knowing the history of L&C will add to your travels. PS--Admission is free if you have a National Parks Pass; otherwise $8 for adults.
Written August 3, 2022
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