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The Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center is located in Darden Towe Park in Charlottesville, Virginia between the beautiful Southwest Mountains and the Rivanna River.  We are open to the public Fridays and Saturdays from 10 to 4, and offer a variety of activities and exhibitions that teach the skills of exploration. Admission is $7 a person.  We offer tours of our full-size historical boat replicas, as well as a permanent exhibition that relates to both the national history of the Expedition and the local roots in Albemarle County of Lewis and Clark.  Hands-on activities, such as carpentry, model boat building, nature observation and journaling, hiking, and compass and GPS games, are offered on a rotating basis.

We are also taking group reservations available throughout the week. Please email lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org for more information on tours and activities or to make a reservation. The building can also be rented for special events.

NOTE: We will be closed July 21 and July 22, 2017 for a Lewis & Clark Conference in Montana, and on September 29 and September 30, 2017 for the River Renaissance Conference here in Charlottesville. (Other events will be offered during the River Renaissance, so stay tuned.)

Directions: From the 250 Bypass on Pantops in Charlottesville, go North on Stony Point Road .8th of a mile, and then take a left on Elk Drive. Follow Elk Drive into Darden Towe Park .4th of a mile. Once through the park entrance, take a left. Keep on that road along the Rivanna River and then stay left as you travel up a hill. The Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center is at the bottom of that hill on the left. There is ample parking.