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 Tuesday through Thursday, 1-5. We offer a variety of activities and exhibitions that teach the skills of exploration and a love of the outdoors. Art is a major part of how we interpret what we explore and learn. 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. Inspired by the journals of Lewis and Clark, we interpret our experiences with art and the written word.

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

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.

Through March 23rd, the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center is featuring, “Birds, Bugs, and Seeds!” for children of all ages.  Birds: Visitors are invited to paint bluebirds to donate to the area’s foster children coalition for a charity auction. Bugs:  Choose from many activities from our Book-of-the-Month, “Drawing Lab,” which encourages you to explore nature outside (and bugs) and then produce art works. Seeds: See our exhibit about traveling seeds, and play our challenging matching game, matching seeds to what they grow! Whatever seed you match correctly, you get to take home!