Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum Discover the legacy of Lewis & Clark from the beginning of their historical expedition. Museum and Boat House with full-scale replica fleet.
Just over 200 years ago, the Lewis & Clark Expedition set out from St. Charles, MO on a journey that would forever transform the destiny of our nation and unearth a multitude of scientific, ecological, geographical, cultural and social wonders. The Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum, in conjunction with the Discovery Corps of St. Charles, continue this legacy through a nationally-recognized museum and living history group that provide a significant educational destination and re-enactment programs. Our organization features educational programs, exhibits and re-enactment opportunities to increase awareness of our nation’s rich heritage and ecological resources.

OPEN again and new exhibit in progress.
07/13/2019

OPEN again and new exhibit in progress.

After being closed for 46 days due to flooding, the Museum and Boat House have REOPENED! Please visit us. Thank you to a...
07/09/2019

After being closed for 46 days due to flooding, the Museum and Boat House have REOPENED! Please visit us. Thank you to all who helped with the clean-up effort. The Missouri River is still high, but the building is drying out.

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo
07/09/2019

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo

07/09/2019

The Lewis and Clark Boat House is open today for the first time in 46 days.

07/05/2019

The River is going down, but the museum and boat house are closed until further notice.

New 4000-Mile Trail Will Let People Bike Across US on One Path
07/05/2019
New 4000-Mile Trail Will Let People Bike Across US on One Path

New 4000-Mile Trail Will Let People Bike Across US on One Path

Old railroad routes are being transformed into a seamless cross-country bike path For the first time in history, a coast-to-coast bike trail will connect nearly 4,000 miles of the country from Washington, D.C. to Washington State. The Great American Rail-Trail was announced last month by the non-pro...

06/29/2019

The Lewis and Clark Museum and Boat House are still closed due to high river levels and flooding. The Missouri River is expected to crest this weekend and go down quickly. We hope to be open for the Independence Day Celebration.

Please plan to visit us as soon as it is safe to reopen.

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo
06/29/2019

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo

Water levels remain high. We’ll reopen as soon as the river allows!
05/31/2019

Water levels remain high. We’ll reopen as soon as the river allows!

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum May 30, 2019--33.78 ft
05/31/2019

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum
May 30, 2019--33.78 ft

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo
05/27/2019

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo

Join us to celebrate the City of St. Charles' 250th anniversary this weekend! The Lewis & Clark Discovery Corps will be ...
05/18/2019

Join us to celebrate the City of St. Charles' 250th anniversary this weekend! The Lewis & Clark Discovery Corps will be with the Keel Boat behind the First State Capital until 5 pm today and noon-6 pm tomorrow.

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo
05/18/2019

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo
05/12/2019

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo

05/11/2019

The Missouri River is up, but the museum is open! Escape the rain! Come visit us this weekend.

Lewis & Clark's Fort Mandan
05/06/2019

Lewis & Clark's Fort Mandan

Lewis and Clark used the most current flag to fly over their major camps and winter forts, including Fort Mandan. It had 15 stars and 15 stripes. However, by 1804 there were 17 states.
The current flag design of 13 stripes and one star for each state was not established until the Flag Act of 1818.

Lewis & Clark's Fort Mandan
04/29/2019

Lewis & Clark's Fort Mandan

#Thisdayinhistory Lewis writes in his journal "the wind was favorable and we employed our sails to advantage". There were not many days during their upriver journey that they were able to do this.

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo
04/20/2019

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo

Lewis & Clark's Fort Mandan
02/23/2019

Lewis & Clark's Fort Mandan

Mike Barnes asked how they dealt with the Missouri River freeze and ice breakup.

During the initial planning phase of the expedition they had hoped to make it as far as the base of the Rocky Mountains and spend the winter there, however, it did not take long into the upriver journey for them to realize that they would not make it that far before winter set in. Spending the winter near the Mandan and Hidatsa proved to be very beneficial.

The river did freeze and became of means of traveling between the 4 villages that were on the opposite side of the river (one Mandan and three Hidatsa) and Fort Mandan. There were Indian visitors to the fort almost every day.

In February the men started breaking the keelboat free from the ice, which proved to be quite difficult.

During the fall and again in the spring when there was ice chunks floating in the river the men would nail tin onto the hull of the pirogues and dugout canoes to prevent damage from the ice.

01/18/2019

Our participation in Eagle Days in St Louis has been canceled due to weather 😢

Come see the Corps of Discovery this weekend at Eagle 🦅 Days at the Old Chain of Rock Bridge.
01/16/2019
Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge - Great Rivers Greenway

Come see the Corps of Discovery this weekend at Eagle 🦅 Days at the Old Chain of Rock Bridge.

Did you know the Mississippi River hosts one of North America’s largest concentrations of bald eagles? They are drawn to areas of open water in search of fish, their preferred food. The Chain of Rocks rapids to the south of the Bridge create open waters which are ideal fishing waters for eagles. E...

Our re-enactors in the spotlight in St Charles! Thanks to Larry, Norm and Ed!
01/16/2019

Our re-enactors in the spotlight in St Charles! Thanks to Larry, Norm and Ed!

Mayor Sally Faith kicks off year-long activities celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the City of St. Charles.

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo
01/14/2019

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo
01/14/2019

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo

Lewis & Clark's Fort Mandan
01/08/2019

Lewis & Clark's Fort Mandan

Many movies and TV shows depict the Lewis & Clark Expedition as frontiersman with little more than a backpack while they are walking through the wilderness. In actuality, the Corps of Discovery traveled mostly on boats (one keelboat and two pirogues at the start) and by some estimations carried as much as 60,000 pounds of cargo. This cargo included trade goods and gifts, sheets and strips of iron, food, medicines, and navigational instruments.

Lewis & Clark's Fort Mandan
01/08/2019

Lewis & Clark's Fort Mandan

In keeping with our last post related to Pomp, #didyouknow Captain Clark named “Pompy’s Tower” in honor of Sacagawea’s son Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, whom he had nicknamed “Pomp.” Nicholas Biddle, first editor of Lewis and Clark’s journals, changed the name to “Pompeys Pillar.” in 1814.
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#Pomp #Sacagawea #corpofdiscovery #LewisandClark #PompeysPillar #PompeysTower #JeanBaptisteCharbonneau

12/07/2018

Line dancing - c.1804

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo
12/06/2018

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo

Join us for Small Business Saturday! Museum and Shop are open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday.
11/24/2018

Join us for Small Business Saturday! Museum and Shop are open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday.

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo
11/24/2018

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo
11/24/2018

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo

Lewis and Clark Expedition descendant seeks to make legacy known
11/16/2018
Lewis and Clark Expedition descendant seeks to make legacy known

Lewis and Clark Expedition descendant seeks to make legacy known

A descendant of an often historically overlooked Lewis and Clark Expedition member started Tuesday in Jefferson City a tour of the 50 states to convince state education commissioners and superintendents across the country to include George Drouillard in history lessons.

11/11/2018

Thank you to all of our veterans for your service and protection of our freedoms. Happy Veteran's Day.

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo
11/11/2018

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo

Lewis & Clark's Fort Mandan
10/09/2018

Lewis & Clark's Fort Mandan

In August 1803 Lewis was demonstrating the air rifle when a Mr. Blaze Cenas fired the gun with almost disastrous results. The ball passed through a woman’s hat, striking her in the temple. She fell instantly & the crowd feared she was dead but she soon revived.

Lewis & Clark's Fort Mandan
10/04/2018

Lewis & Clark's Fort Mandan

The Lewis’s Woodpecker is named after Meriwether Lewis who first spotted the bird in 1805.

10/03/2018
Trails50

Trails50

As of this morning, photographer Bart Smith has hiked every one of the 30 National Scenic and Historic Trails! As he finished his hike of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, he was welcomed to the Gateway Arch National Park by family, friends, and trail supporters as he took the final steps of his 25 year quest. Thank you to NPS Historian Bob Moore and Travis Boley from the Oregon-California Trails Association for sharing remarks.

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo
10/02/2018

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum's cover photo

Lewis & Clark's Fort Mandan
09/25/2018

Lewis & Clark's Fort Mandan

September 23 marked the triumphant return of the Corps of Discovery to St. Louis completely the 28-month long expedition.

Address

1050 Riverside Drive
St. Charles, MO
63301

General information

The Museum and Boat House are accessible to persons with disabilities and make all efforts to accommodate our visitors’ special needs. Located on the upper level, the Museum can be accessed by stairs or elevator.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 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

(636) 947-3199

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