Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

Washburn, ND
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Can a huge story with diverse topics effectively blend together in three different gallery spaces? Yes, if you create an overarching central theme and thematically link the galleries through story, color, and recurring design details to give visitors a cohesive experience. Visitors are immersed in Thomas Jefferson’s realm, his research at Monticello on plants and animals, his planning for the expedition, and his Enlightenment values. Myths about Lewis and Clark are clarified and visitors are reminded this was a military expedition. The Center’s vast collection of Karl Bodmer’s stunning illustrations and Prince Maximilian’s ethnographic studies of the region carry people back in time through art. Rich and diverse cultural history is impressed upon visitors through thematic artifact and graphic displays, dioramas, interactive sequences, period-style architectural flourishes, and design details.