Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Lewis and Clark Expedition pocket compass. For more information on this artifact visit the National Museum of American History.

Lewis and Clark Exhibition









































Exhibition open May 12, 2006 through September 11, 2006

Lewis and Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition features hundreds of superb artifacts, including rare and priceless objects and documents that have not been seen in one place since the Corps of Discovery returned to St. Louis in 1806.

More than 450 artifacts illustrate cultural encounters along the journey of Lewis and Clark. Period objects and art represent the equipment the explorers used, the land they trekked, and the American Indian tribes they encountered.

In this exhibit, you will follow the steps of Lewis and Clark across America. Your task is like theirs: to meet people different from us in mind and time, and to learn to know them.

Exhibition open May 12, 2006 through September 11, 2006
Location: First Floor
Visit the online exhibit: www.lewisandclarkexhibit.org

Lewis & Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition was organized by the Missouri Historical Society and is presented by Emerson.


NMNH resources


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Lewis and Clark as Naturalists
Follow the Lewis and Clark trail and discover the flora and fauna as they described it along the way.




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Lewis and Clark Mapping the West
Online access to Lewis and Clark maps and other primary resources and provides related activities and lesson plans.




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Lakota Winter Counts
Searchable database of Smithsonian winter count images, a documentary about Lakota history and culture, video interviews with Lakota people with personal connections to the winter-count-keeping tradition, and a Teacher's Guide.