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Lewis & Clark State Historic Site & Interpretive Center

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Address: #1 Lewis & Clark Trail, Hartford, IL 62048
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+1 618-251-5811
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Wed - Sun 09:00 - 17:00

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Excellent and very informative. The place was very clean with lots of really cool hands on activites for kids and adults.

Reviewed 6 days ago
Erin B
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent and very informative. The place was very clean with lots of really cool hands on activites for kids and adults.

Thank Erin B
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After visiting this museum and camp I think that the Lewis and Clark expedition was fully equivalent at the time to the US sending astronauts to walk on the moon. It was an incredible and dangerous undertaking and the presentation of it here is very mind stretching!

Thank FotosByFleck
Florissant, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

This historic site is where Lewis & Clark and their crew set up Camp River DuBois and planned their river expedition, which ended up taking an additional two and a half years. The museum is very well done and contains a replica of the keel boat that was used on the expedition. The boat is outfitted with the supplies that... More 

1 Thank Tobaccopat
Saint Peters, Missouri
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33 reviews
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

This museum is free and there is a lot to see. There are buildings to see outside and a docent gives a free tour of the outdoor building areas. He even opened one building so we could go inside. He explained what various items inside the 'house' was used for. Even some of the plants in the house were grown... More 

1 Thank 19twotots20
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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Reviewed 4 October 2016

This is where it all began at Camp River Dubois. See the cutaway 55-foot keel boat like the one used by Lewis and Clark. Watch the video and check out the interactive displays. Well done for a state historical site.

1 Thank Scott W
Clearwater, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Since we started the L&C trail from the Western end, this marked our end of the route. It does have a very good series of exhibits and documentation. It is worth a couple hours to explore the site. However the replica fort is literally falling down, collapsed outer walls on one side. We hope they get funding to rebuild the... More 

1 Thank Jim S
Powder Springs, Georgia
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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

This was our first stop on our Lewis and Clark trek. The museum is mostly displays with pictures of artifacts. A few typical pieces are on display. A couple of the interactive exhibits had pieces missing. The main display is a mock up of Camp Dubois and a cutaway of the Keelboat so you could see it's loads. There is... More 

1 Thank Cathy L
Hillsborough, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

If you like history, this is a great place to visit! It's free (donations accepted) and there are story boards telling the story, life-size replicas of cabins, types of items brought on the expedition, and a 55-foot keel boat like that used by Lewis and Clark. There are some interactive areas that cover types of tools used, including medicines, and... More 

1 Thank Sasha W
Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

The full size reconstruction of the Lewis and Clark keelboat is sufficient reason to visit, but the center also includes great insights into how Clark and Lewis recruited members of the Corps and equipped themselves for the journey. There are lots of entertaining hands-on activities for children, and volunteers to tell stories and answer questions. Unfortunately, the reconstruction of Camp... More 

1 Thank Wanderlust777
Kansas City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016

We found out the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site Interpretive Center was near our hotel, so we decided to visit. We were pleasantly surprised. We found out a lot of interesting things about Lewis & Clark we did not know. What was really unusually was this 55-foot full-scale replica of the expedition's keel boat. And it's a cut-away, so... More 

2 Thank cthompson3kcmo

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