Sunday - 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - Saturday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Eve/Christmas, & New Year’s Day
$8 adults (16 and older).
$6 scheduled group tours (for groups of 20 or more paying adults).
Free for children 15 and under.
$2 school group programs (reservations required, call the Center for a list of offerings).
Annual, Senior, Military, Access and 4th Grade Passes are honored and sold or issued.
Enjoy a discount in the Portage Cache Store by becoming a member of the L&C Foundation:
Individual Member $35 & Family Member $55
Gift passes also available; call (406) 452-5661
Daily Film Schedule
9:15 am: Ken Burns Introductory
10:10 am: The Great Portage
11:00 am: Ken Burns Introductory
12:00 noon: Medicine of the Expedition
1:00 pm: Ken Burns Introductory
2:10 pm: The Great Portage
3:00 pm: Kens Burns Introductory
4:10 pm: The Great Portage
Ken Burns Introductory Video: This 28 minute film encapsulates all of the major highlights of the entire Corps of Discovery’s trials, tribulations, and triumphs during the expedition. Ken Burns brings the entire story to life for our visitors in a span of 28 minutes. See the daily film schedule above for show times.
The Great Portage Video: Like a distant thunder, a deep rumble confirmed what Captain Meriwether Lewis was told months earlier by the Hidatsa Indians. Advancing ahead of the main party, Lewis and four men heard the roar, and then saw the spray--the Great Falls of the Missouri. Captain Lewis was so impressed with the power and the beauty of the scene, he wrote that he regretted he was neither painter nor poet. Exploring upriver he encountered not one waterfall, but five separate cataracts spread over a distance of 20 some miles. The entire area was the haunt of grizzlies and the Corps of Discovery hunting parties sometimes became the hunted. Return to the year 1805 and discover the fascinating story behind the grueling portage at Great Falls, the one event that stopped the Corps for one month and threatened the success of the entire Expedition.
Dr. David Peck’s “Or Perish in the Attempt: The Medicine of the Lewis and Clark Expedition” skillfully combines the remarkable adventures of Lewis and Clark with an examination of the health problems the expedition faced. Formidable problems 200 years ago are often simple fixes today. The author, along with other medical experts, guides us through the medical travails of the journey, juxtaposing treatment then against remedy now. The result is a fascinating film that sheds new light on the medical hardships faced by the Corps along an 8,000-mile wilderness path, and also on the practice of medicine in their time and place.