Special Notice:

We are closed August 11 and August 12.

The Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center will be closed Friday, August 11, and Saturday, August 12, because of the Unite the Right rallies and counter-rallies taking place in Charlottesville’s public parks that weekend. Though the rally is now scheduled for McIntire Park, there was an application for Darden Towe, and spill-over may occur, despite the controls placed on the rallies. We want people to stay safe. The University of Virginia is hosting events, such as a free Disney movie, as a way to give alternatives for the weekend. Though we wish we could do the same, we do not have the security personnel that they do. Though the weekend may prove to be uneventful, we made our best decision for everyone’s peace of mind. We will be working on our new exhibition, and hoping that everyone has a peaceful weekend.

2017 Calendar of Events

We look forward to seeing you at the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center! We are open to the public Fridays and Saturdays from 10 to 4, and by reservation at other times. We also have special events throughout the year. Note: We will be closed for conferences July 21 and 22, and September 29 and 30, 2017.

Unlock History! through September 16, 2017  Our new exhibit/puzzle-solving game Unlock History! runs throughout the summer. $7 per person, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 to 4

We’ve developed a new history game for the Center, with an easy and a difficult version, depending on your age and your familiarity with puzzle games. It’s called Unlock History! and it will be available to the public through the summer, and to school and scouting groups by reservation the entire year. It is similar to an Escape Room game, but it does the opposite–solving the puzzles lets you in, not out!

Each of our full-size boat replicas are locked up–and you need to figure out the numbers to unlock them. The Keelboat cabin must also be unlocked with a password. Entering the cabin, there will be three boxes that will be the next challenge. Their combinations are figured out by doing three puzzles within the Center: Jefferson’s Decoder Puzzle; the Trail Map and Math Puzzle, and the Compass and Language Puzzle. Each puzzle teaches you about history and leads you to learn even more.

You have an hour to complete the challenge!


Thursday, August 3, 2017 Home Front Chapter Meeting, “Report on Montana” 

Free Event and Open to the Public. Adults Only. The local chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation meets four times each year, with a speaking program. This meeting will feature reports on the 2017 Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation conference in Montana in July 2017, as well as a show & tell of objects and books acquired there. 5-6:30 PM

Saturday, August 19, 2017  Harvest Day

We invite our visitors to learn from our Seed Exchange garden about Lewis and Clark as guests of the Mandan and Hidatsa Indians. We’ll have activities and demonstrations related to heritage seeds and historical ways of gardening. $7 per person, 10 to 4

Saturday, October 7, 2017  Our Third Annual Boats & Butterflies Festival

A family day of taking Rivanna River rides on our handmade wooden boats and of learning about the greatest travellers of all: monarch butterflies. We also invite visitors to help us make our annual butterfly painting, collaged from butterflies donated by artists one year old and up! Lewis & Clark as Naturalists are discussed. $7 per person, 10 to 4

Thursday, October 19, 2017 Home Front Chapter Meeting “Feeding Lewis & Clark”

Free Event and Open to the Public. Adults Only. The local chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation meets four times each year, with a speaking program. This meeting will feature Executive Director Alexandria Searls presenting on the Lewis and Clark Seed Exchange garden of 2017, with information about the food that Native Americans shared with Lewis and Clark. 5-6:30 PM

Recent Past Events

Sunday, June 25, 2017  Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center Annual Meeting The Board of Directors of the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center is having its annual meeting. The public is invited (adults only), but must RSVP before the event at lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org or by calling 434-996-7282  This is a meeting where new members are elected and future plans are discussed. This year’s meeting will feature a talk about the history of Lewis and Clark and maps, by Heather Riser. Free with RSVP. From 4 to 6 PM

Saturday, May 13, 2017   Happy First Birthday, Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center!  From 4 to 6 PM we’re celebrating our first year open at our new location with some cake and candles (one to grow on!). Free Event

Thursday, April 20, 2017   As part of the Home Front Chapter Speakers Series, Peggy Crosson will talk about her efforts to establish a statewide Lewis & Clark Trail. 5-6:30 PM, free admission. Free Event