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Lewis & Clark State Historic Site

1 Lewis and Clark Trail
Hartford, IL 62048
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P: (618) 251-5811
F: (618) 251-5854

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Hours of Operation
Summer: Open Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King's Birthday, Lincoln's Birthday, President's Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas

4.5 of 5 bubbles
72 Reviews
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site

Come back to where the journey began at the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site in Illinois. As National Trail Site #1 on the Lewis & Clark Trail, this museum is dedicated to telling the Illinois side of the Lewis & Clark journey. It was here in Illinois that the Corps of Discovery spent five months preparing for the journey. It was here in Illinois the common men became soldiers embarking on a military expedition. It was here in Illinois on May 14, 1804, that journey westward began. Experience Lewis & Clark like never before with five exhibit rooms, the film "At Journey's Edge", and a 55-foot full scale "cutaway" keelboat.

After visiting the museum, see how Lewis & Clark lived during the winter of 1804 at the replica of the Camp River Dubois. Behind the museum, re-enactors and site interpreters are on hand at the fortified encampment to explain what life was like for the men at Camp River Dubois as they prepared for the journey.


Lewis & Clark Music Festival
September 08, 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm

Arrival at Camp River Dubois
December 08, 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm

Arrival at Camp River Dubois
December 08, 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm

Arrival at Camp River Dubois
December 08, 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm

Arrival at Camp River Dubois
December 09, 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm

Arrival at Camp River Dubois
December 09, 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm

Arrival at Camp River Dubois
December 09, 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm

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Lewis & Clark State Historic Site
#1 Lewis & Clark Trail, Hartford, IL 62048
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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summeysteve
Bessemer City, North Carolina
stopped by for a visit
Aug 9, 2018
I have been to Lewis & Clark sites before. This one is a good place to see about the beginnings of their trip. Especially interesting was the large kellboat they... more »
DonnaR57
Southern California
Trip type:
Couples
Where it all began
Jul 28, 2018
We've seen a number of Lewis & Clark Interpretive Centers across the West, so when passing through the St Louis area, this was a "must do". They had some interesting... more »
LNLew
CA
Trip type:
Couples
Excellent Intro to Lewis and Clark's Expedition
Jun 20, 2018
We spent a lot more time here than we thought we would. It's a good way to learn about how Lewis and Clark prepared for the trek. The display showing... more »
Kathy D
Saint Louis, Missouri
Trip type:
Solo travel
Dont miss the tower, museum, and log buildings
Jan 22, 2018
Lewis and Clark spent a cold winter here before starting their historic journey to the west coast. My favorite display is the life-size boat carefully packed with the necessary gear... more »
Paggy339
Plainsboro, New Jersey
Trip type:
Family
Truly Mesmorizing!
Jan 6, 2018
This is a great museum with lot of artifacts exhibited. The artifacts show the lifestyle of expeditionary crews during the westward expansion. The museum, and the short film it has... more »
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Lewis & Clark State Historic Site

Come back to where the journey began at the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site in Illinois. As National Trail Site #1 on the Lewis & Clark Trail, this museum is dedicated to telling the Illinois side of the Lewis & Clark journey. It was here in Illinois that the Corps of Discovery spent five months preparing for the journey. It was here in Illinois the common men became soldiers embarking on a military expedition. It was here in Illinois on May 14, 1804, that journey westward began. Experience Lewis & Clark like never before with five exhibit rooms, the film "At Journey's Edge", and a 55-foot full scale "cutaway" keelboat.

After visiting the museum, see how Lewis & Clark lived during the winter of 1804 at the replica of the Camp River Dubois. Behind the museum, re-enactors and site interpreters are on hand at the fortified encampment to explain what life was like for the men at Camp River Dubois as they prepared for the journey.


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