Lewis and Clark Boat House and Museum

We are a living, working museum. The Lewis and Clark Boat House and Museum brings the remarkable journey of 1803-06 to life at our riverfront base of operations in historic St. Charles, Missouri. And we share the story of the Expedition at destinations throughout the Midwest via our unique traveling fleet of replica boats and our experienced corps of re-enactors, the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles.

Located on the Missouri River, near where Lewis and Clark set off on May 21, 1804, we house three full-size replica boats on the lower level, viewable any time. Upstairs, the Museum features dioramas depicting the full journey, displays of the geology, Native Americans in the area, the journals and maps, smaller replica boats and a classroom featuring a 40 minute video in the classroom.  Our outdoor spaces include a Museum patio with a wonderful view of the river and a nature trail. The gift shop features local crafts and a wide range of books and educational items.
Especially for youngsters and school groups, we have an animal scavenger hunt and science puzzles, with a staff comprised of former teachers who can answer your questions and offer suggestions for your journey.

Contact Information

Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum
Reservations and Information:

1050 South Riverside Drive, Saint Charles, Missouri 63301, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    10 am to 5 pm Monday-Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm Sunday
  • Seasons Open

    Open All Year
  • Prices and Fees

    $5 for adults, $2 for children
  • Accessibility

    Fully accessible by elevator and plenty of parking for people with disabilities. We feature the National Park Service Tactile Map of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail for people with visual impairment.
  • Eco Friendly Notes

    The first floor of our building is part of the floodway and is designed to let the river flow through without affecting other riverside partners when there is a flood. We are located next to a nature trail and our access to the river includes access for canoeing, kayaking and fishing.
  • Locally or Family Owned Notes

    Privately operated museum, part of the Main Street Saint Charles historic district, including the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site.
  • Pet Friendly Notes

    Dog Friendly!