Lewis and Clark Trail Museum

Lewis and Clark Trail Museum Lewis and Clark Trail Museum recognizes, honors, and preserves the story of Lewis and Clark and the homesteaders who followed as we look to the future.
The Alexander Lewis and Clark Trail Museum was dedicated June 29, 1969.

The main museum building was a school in Alexander from 1914 until 1967 when discussions began towards the foundation of a museum. The building itself is an important artifact; it is a beautiful 3 story brick building that still stands out today. The inside of the building is majestic and has the largest and most extensive collection of artifacts in northwestern North Dakota, including many rare and unusual items. You are likely to find something "new" to see each time you visit. Much of museum was organized thematically into distinct rooms such as an old general store, schoolroom and saddle room to name a few. The old Charbonneau Post Office is displayed. There is a room dedicated to the life and carer of congressman and governor Art Link who was County Chairman in 1967 and on the original museum committee. Of course there is the recently updated Lewis and Clark room with displays and artifacts to help the visitor understand and appreciate the contributions made by the Corps of Discovery. Lewis and Clark spent more time in this part of ND than any other state. A brochure is available with important information about the expedition. Throughout the museum and property many different pieces of machinery and transportation modes are displayed. In addition to the old school the museum expands to the entire property with many other historic buildings such as an old log cabin, a sheepherders wagon, church and the old local Boy Scout headquarters. On the front lawn petrified tree stumps unearthed when Hwy 85 was redirected are displayed. They are estimated to be 60 million years old and are unique to western North Dakota. also on site is a coffee and gift shop, James Gang Java, located the original Charbon Township one room school house that later became the Township Hall.

Mission: The Lewis and Clark Trail Museum is an important community asset in preserving and honoring the heritage and character of the original settlers in the area. Real people with real stories. The character that built this area is important to securing a future for following generations. It is important as a bridge between those who have been here for many generations and our new community members. The aging schoolhouse is in need of continual maintenance. There is an ongoing need to update and renovate exhibits. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be sent to: Lewis and Clark Trail Museum P.O. Box 343 Alexander, N.D. 58831

Today we remember the 861 men and women who served in WW2 from McKenzie County.Thank you for your service.
06/07/2019

Today we remember the 861 men and women who served in WW2 from McKenzie County.
Thank you for your service.

The Lewis and Clark Trail Museum is excited to welcome Cathy White as the new Museum Director! With the 50 year celebrat...
06/05/2019

The Lewis and Clark Trail Museum is excited to welcome Cathy White as the new Museum Director! With the 50 year celebration in the near future, June 29 at 4 o’clock, Cathy will be a valuable asset! She is the STEM & Technology Coordinator, Robotics Instructor & FTC Coach, at Alexander Public School.

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We open the doors this Monday May 27, 2019 just like we did 50 years ago.  We welcome everyone to come see for yourself ...
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We open the doors this Monday May 27, 2019 just like we did 50 years ago. We welcome everyone to come see for yourself as the pictures do not show all of the items that are on display. If you can not attend in person please enjoy our online tour.

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The museum board would like to send out a special thank you to Renae Riggins, Bob Dwyer, Jeanie Berger and Nina Dyer for their help today cleaning and getting the museum ready for the summer season and our 50 year celebration June 29!

Tomorrow! Yea the day is here ! Have fun with us tomorrow  and accomplish something great.
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Tomorrow! Yea the day is here ! Have fun with us tomorrow and accomplish something great.

It’s going to be great ! 50th anniversary celebration. Pass it on ! More info will follow soon.
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It’s going to be great ! 50th anniversary celebration. Pass it on ! More info will follow soon.

See you Sunday !!
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See you Sunday !!

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Lewis and Clark Trail Museum

Plan to come celebrate our amazing museum. Great things are planned.

Plan to come celebrate our amazing museum. Great things are planned.
05/15/2019

Plan to come celebrate our amazing museum. Great things are planned.

Bring a friend and have a great time with old and new friends alike. Please share so others can know about what is a gre...
05/15/2019

Bring a friend and have a great time with old and new friends alike. Please share so others can know about what is a great community day. .

Come out this Sunday, bring a friend and enjoy working on a great project and maybe discover a treasure or two.

Come out this Sunday, bring a friend and enjoy working on a great project and maybe discover a treasure or two.
05/15/2019

Come out this Sunday, bring a friend and enjoy working on a great project and maybe discover a treasure or two.

05/14/2019

Annual Clean Up

Sunday May 19, 2019 1:00 pm

Community help needed !!!

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We are hiring for the summer. Become part of our mission to save and share the history!
Contact us at
[email protected]

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We are hiring for the summer. Become part of our mission to share the history!
Contact us at
[email protected]

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Lewis and Clark Trail Museum

Lewis and Clark Trail Museum

The museum's 50th Anniversary is this year. We are looking for volunteers on the celebration planning committee please contact us if interested. [email protected]
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03/01/2019

The museum's 50th Anniversary is this year. We are looking for volunteers on the celebration planning committee please contact us if interested. [email protected]
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I can now say that I went on a journey with Lewis and Clark in the snow and in negative degree temperatures.
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I can now say that I went on a journey with Lewis and Clark in the snow and in negative degree temperatures.

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Address

102 Indiana Ave E
Alexander, ND
58831

General information

The 2017 Season opens Memorial Day May 29, 2017 and closes for the winter Labor Day September 4, 2017. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10-5; Sunday 1-5; closed Wednesday. We offer free admission. Donations are always welcome.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(701) 828-3595

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