1 Lewis & Clark Trail
Hartford , IL 62048
May-Labor Day in September, Mo-Su 9-5 p.m.
Post Labor Day in September-April, We-Su 9-5 p.m.
Watch the introductory video below.
The Lewis & Clark site commemorates Camp Dubois, the 1803-1804 winter camp of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. It was at the camp on Wood River that members of the Corps of Discovery prepared their expedition to the Pacific Ocean.
The site’s main feature is interpretive center that contains a large exhibition gallery, a theatre, and a gift shop. The 14,000 square-foot exhibition area contains six galleries that outline the background and history of the Lewis and Clark expedition from its conception to its meaning for today’s America. Perhaps the most interesting feature is a full-scale replica of the keelboat used by the Corps of Discovery to ascend the Missouri River. One side is cut away to show the interior space and how the vessel was carefully loaded with provisions for the journey. The Convergence Theater provides a 12-minute video orientation presentation that uses high-impact visuals and surround sound to tell the story of Camp River Dubois and the preparations for the expedition. The Store of Discovery is a gift shop whose proceeds benefit site programs.
A “reconstruction” of the winter camp is located on the grounds near the visitor center. Its design reflects 1803 U.S. Army regulations for the construction of military posts. A nearby memorial structure overlooks the modern meeting point of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The memorial at the Mississippi-Missouri rivers convergence site consists of a circular colonnade composed of eleven columns. On each column, representing one of the present-day states crossed by the expedition, a plaque outlines activities of the Corps of Discovery in that state.
Visitors can view the exhibition galleries, video presentation, “reconstructed” camp, and rivers convergence overlook at their leisure. The visitor center is accessible to persons with disabilities.