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The National Air And Space Museum and the National Museum of American History will be open today, March 5; all other Smithsonian Washington, D.C.-area museums and the National Zoo will be closed due to inclement weather. The Smithsonian museums in New York will be open today.Skip navigation
It was the dawn of a nation—a time before the American West became known as the frontier, and little was known about what lay within. Two captains, courageous in spirit and unyielding in their dedication to their mission, led 31 people to the Pacific Ocean and back. Audiences will experience the danger and beauty of the unknown West as it unfolded before the eyes of Lewis and Clark.
Lewis and Clark’s expedition into the West was a significant trip, which led to a greater understanding of the expanse of the United States. In the National American History Museum, the “American Presidency: A Glorious Burden” exhibition contains William Clark’s compass, that led him and Meriwether Lewis towards the Pacific Ocean.