Welcome to Lewis & Clark State Historic Site!

Changes to go into effect on June 11, 2021.

Lewis & Clark State Historic Site is happy to announce that we are open to visitors in the Interpretive Center Wednesday – Sunday from 9 AM – 5 PM.

Visitors can do self-guided walks through the exhibits and view the interpretive film. Outdoor use areas are also available for the public.

Restrooms will be accessible from both inside and outside the Interpretive Center.

Galleries and Interpretive Center will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.

For details call (618) 251-5811 or email Clark@CampDubois.com.


 Wednesday– Sunday 9 AM – 5 PM



To ensure safe and engaging tours during this COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented the following guidelines in line with the Illinois Governor’s orders and Illinois Department of Public Health guidance:

      • Visitors must wear a mask/face shield at all times (except children under 2 years old).

      • Visitors are screened for symptoms before admittance to Interpretive Center.

      • Staff wears a mask covering the mouth and nose when interacting with the public.

      • Visitors and staff are asked to maintain Social Distancing at all times. Spaces are marked out at 6’ distances.

      • Hand sanitizer and handwashing facilities are available to visitors. Public areas sanitized throughout the day.

    Keep an eye on the Lewis & Clark SHS Facebook Page and this website for updates. Regional COVID-19 metrics may change the opening status with short notice.


    Follow the Illinois Department of Public Health and Madison County  Public Health Department for the most up to date information on COVID-19.


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    Depart On A Journey Through History At Lewis & Clark State Historic Site!


    Find Us

    Interpretive Center Hours

    Wednesday – Sunday

    9 AM – 5 PM

    Store of Discovery Hours

    Open Limited Hours When Interpretive Center Opens to Public


    1 Lewis and Clark Trail

    Hartford, IL 62048

    GPS (3500 New Poag Road)


    (618) 251-5811


    Lewis & Clark State Historic Site celebrates the Lewis & Clark Expedition with a focus on the Detachment’s time spent at Camp River Dubois preparing for their journey. A 14,000 square foot Interpretive Center, 15-minute interpretive film, reconstructed Settlers’ Cabin, and reconstructed Camp River Dubois welcome visitors to the Point of Departure.

    You can now visit the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site online through our virtual programs. Reach out to our site interpreters to set up a session with your students. You can contact us about programs at Clark@CampDubois.com and Benjamin.Pollard@Illinois.gov .

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    Events at Lewis & Clark State Historic Site

    Special Events offer something for visitors of all ages and interests. Meet re-enactors portraying Expedition soldiers! Watch and learn as historic artisans demonstrate their craft! Learn about wildlife in your own backyard!

    With programs throughout the year, there is always something new and exciting to experience next.

    Upcoming Events in the News