Mission San Juan Capistrano


The Mission Preservation Foundation is pleased to announce its newest exhibit Lewis & Clark Expedition Across America which debuted this November in the West Wing. Also featuring Lewis and Clark Revisited: A Trail in Modern Day, a special photography exhibit.

Lewis & Clark

New Exhibit
Limited Time Only!
Due to popular demand extended
through April 3, 2011
Daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Lewis & Clark Expedition Across America
In this highly interactive exhibit, which also features an adjunct photography exhibit, visitors can become members of the Corps of Discovery, and in doing so, try on uniforms and costumes, make a fort, work on an interactive journal, and spin the Wheel of Misery to find out if they survived their journey. Along the way, learn about Shoshone Indian guide and interpreter, Sacagawea, and her infant son, learn sign language skills, play Native American games, explore animal and plant life and much more!

See children play in the exhibit on YouTube

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Features Interactive Learning Stations for Kids!

  • Enlist as a Corp of Discovery Member
  • Dress up in attire similar to what Lewis & Clark wore on their journey
  • Play Native American Games
  • Interact with a tipi
  • Build a miniature fort
  • Compare your print to other animals
  • Learn sign language
  • Spin the Wheel of Misery & more!


Lewis & Clark Teachers Guide (pdf)
Contents Include:
Outline of the exhibit and guide to exhibit activities.

Also Featuring:

A Trail in Modern Day Lewis & Clark Revisited:
A Trail in Modern Day, a special photography exhibit

Follow in the footsteps of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark as they searched for the Northwest Passage, in modern day.

Starting from the official beginning of the expedition itself in Saint Charles, Missouri, contemporary photographer Greg MacGregor captures important natural landmarks and waterways in the explorers’ journey including:

  • The Kansas River
  • Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Spirit Mound, near Vermillion, South Dakota
  • The Three Forks of the Missouri
  • The Yellowstone River
  • The Rocky Mountains
  • Great Falls, Montana
  • The Columbia River Gorge

The “Lewis and Clark Revisited: A Trail in Modern Day” exhibition tour was organized by Greg MacGregor and the California Exhibition Resources Alliance (CERA). CERA is a network of professionally operated museums and cultural organizations that collaborate to create and tour smaller, affordable, high quality exhibitions that enhance civic engagement and human understanding.  CERA is supported by generous grants from The James Irvine Foundation and The William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

Lewis & Clark Living History

Lewis & Clark Living History Days
January 29, February 12, February 26, March 12, March 26
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Come and hang out in the Living History tent for this special Lewis & Clark event. Children will enjoy rope making and the make your own journal craft. Also, experience the "Mission of Discovery" challenge and have a chance to win an arrowhead and magnifying glass.

Lewis & Clark Do Them No Hurt: Lewis & Clark, the Nez Perces, and the West" - A Special Presentation
February 12 , 2011
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

In conjunction with our limited run Lewis & Clark exhibit, we are proud to host Dr. Benjamin Cawthra, Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Fullerton, for this presentation. More Information
Free for Members, $2.00 General Public
R.S.V.P. (949) 234-1317