Lewis & Clark Center View from Interior

The 79-acre Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Interpretive Trail and Visitor Center offers opportunities to rediscover the wonders of nature as you “walk in the footsteps” of Lewis & Clark along the Center’s 2.5 miles of trails and experience the many unique exhibits.

Outside Exhibits

The Lewis & Clark experience begins before you enter the Center with exhibits, including:

  • 55-foot-long keel boat
  • Native American earth lodge
  • Native American garden
  • model log cabin
  • river-overlook platform

Inside Hands-On Exhibits

Inside the 2,000-square-foot three-story building, visitors can view and participate in a broad selection of enriching experiences.

Historic experiences

Experience a bit of what life was like 200 years ago while you learn about the exploration of the frontier territory from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean by the Lewis & Clark’s Corps of Discovery in the early 1800s. Interpretive guides explain the influence, direction, and vision of President Thomas Jefferson on the exploration and expansion of the western part of the United States.

Scientific experiences

Interactive exhibits feature the 178 plants and 122 animals discovered by Lewis and Clark, species that were previously unknown to scientists in the United States. Specimen collection, map making, celestial reading, and medicinal treatments are showcased, enabling visitors to “rediscover” nature and apply historic scientific methods to today’s world.

Cultural experiences

The vital role that fifty different Native American Indian tribes played in the survival and successful return of the explorers is evident throughout the Center, especially in the full-sized Plains Indian Earth Lodge exhibit. Displays explain how the natives showed the explorers ways to use native plants and animals for food and medicinal purposes.

Recreational experiences

Two and a half miles of interpretive hiking trails through trees, native grasses, and wildflowers encourage present-day explorers to literally walk in the footsteps of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark when they explored the area and collected scientific specimens in July 1804. Several species of wild animals and birds inhabit the 79-acre property. A trailhead to the 21-mile Steamboat Trace hiking and biking trail from Nebraska City to Brownville is located near the Center.

Educational experiences

A primary role of the Center is to provide information about the impact Lewis & Clark’s discoveries continue to have on the growth and development of the nation. Quality educational opportunities are offered for students and visitors regarding this historic adventure and how the lessons they learn can be applied to the modern world.

The Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Interpretive Trail and Visitor Center is located at 100 Valmont Drive in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Visit the Center’s website at http://www.mrb-lewisandclarkcenter.org/pages/Hours%7B47%7DAdmission.html for information about hours and admission fees.

The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Trail and Visitor Center is a 2017 SENTC Promotional Partner.