Lewis & Clark Visitor Center

The Center documents the launching of the Corps of Discovery’s historic journey.

Visitors Center

Corps of Discovery

The center integrates exhibits, film, and architecture into a unified narrative that tells the story of the Corps of Discovery’s preparation for and departure on their historic journey. Its bold forms give the modest-sized building a necessary presence in the prairie landscape.

The architecture participates in the narrative of the Corps of Discovery’s original camp. Exhibit spaces unfold in a choreographed procession that includes a film produced specifically for the center. The architecture’s wedge-shaped form terminates the exhibit experience, pointing west like the prow of a ship slicing through the prairie.


The visitor center has become the site for annual Corps of Discovery re-enactments.

Hartford, IL

Square Footage
15,000 square feet