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“Unexpectedly Excellent”

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Great Falls
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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.
Reviewed July 18, 2012

Stumbled upon this wonderful facility as we used Great Falls as our start and end point to our national parks vacation. Costs only $8 to enter, but able to use our interagency annual pass to gain admittance. Spent two hours there. Watched both introductory films in the impressive and comfortable theater. Displays were really first class and designed to engage both adults and children. As good or better than anything the NPS has presented, but I believe this is owned and operated by the US Forestry Service. Fascinating history. So much detail and texture in the exhibits. Staff was very polite and professional. Surprising and delightful, even to my wife, who is not so much the history buff that I am.

Thank IYHO
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Traveling through Great Falls on our way to Glacier Park. We wanted to learn more about Lewis and Clark's expedition as well as the Great Falls area. What an amazing place! This interpretive center is so informative. Plan to spend 2-3 hours here, more if you want to hear the talks in the auditorium given by the various speakers. We really enjoyed our time here.

Thank Bernadette009
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Nothing really new since our last visit. Great to see it once, but once is enough.

Thank WI_traveler68
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

We lived the experience! What a great place to see history come to life. One of our guides dressed in the clothes of the era. There is a replica of a boat that was used. Lewis and Clark and his intrepid crew portaged 20 miles around the Great Falls and several other Falls here in Montana. The Interpretive Center sits right above the river. We took our time and listened and watched the different presentations. Then we took a drive to see the different Falls. It takes some effort to find the Great Falls. The others are closer. Very near the Center you must see the shortest river ever! We left Grandma's house in Great Falls and headed West. Eventually we ended up in Oregon on Interstate 84 which follows the beautiful Colombia River. For hours we enjoyed thinking about Lewis and Clark as they neared the end of their incredible adventure.

Thank DonnieMVT
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

We followed the Lewis & Clark trail from Missouri to Montana, & this was the most informative center out of all that we visited. We learned a lot at the other centers, but this one had way more information. The video was very worthwhile & there were so many things to read on the wall, each worth reading for information not gotten elsewhere. We spent way more time here than we expected to because there were so many things to see... animals, artifacts, etc... The staff was very friendly, also.

Thank rannydef
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