Inside the Travelers’ Rest Visitor Center you’ll find permanent and traveling exhibits that tell the story of Lewis and Clark and the history of the area.

Lewis & Clark exhibits include archaeological finds from the Travelers’ Rest site, replica clothing and equipment from the Expedition, dioramas of the Travelers’ Rest campsite and the Expedition’s approach to Glade Creek, and historical firearms. A collection of modern and contemporary beadwork, musical instruments, and powwow regalia by diverse indigenous artists highlights the traditional crafts of Native Americans. Natural history displays include skulls and pelts of bear, beaver, and birds. Also on display is a running list of species sighted at Travelers’ Rest State Park in the current year.

These Noble Brutes: Engravings of the American Bison, 1749-1909

June 1 – September, 2023

This exhibit features works by Fredric Remington, George Catlin, Seth Eastman, John Stanley, and many more artists. These engravings from the Lee Silliman Print Collection explore the natural history of the bison, its centrality to many Native American tribes, and its dramatic decline in the late nineteenth century.

Left: Bison with Acacia Tree by Mark Catesby, 1754

Above: Chasse aux Bisons by Emily Hochdanz, 1806

Seasons of the Salish

This exhibit focuses on the Seasonal Round to show how the Salish people moved through the landscape to gather resources throughout the year. It includes several artifacts made in the tradition way including a cedar bark basket and Bitterroot digging stick.

Trekker Kids Corner

Young visitors can use their senses to explore history in this exhibit designed just for them. Hands-on replicas and an interactive matching game encourage children to compare items used by Lewis & Clark to contemporary gear. Exhibit panels invite them to consider the sounds, smells, and tastes of the 19th century. Youngsters can try on coats, pack a bag, or curl up in a tipi to read a story.

Maker Space: A Look at Contemporary Moccasin Makers

Moccasins play critical cultural roles in many tribal nations and are usually important additions to a Native person’s traditional regalia. Some contemporary moccasin makers have learned their craft from older generations, while many others are self-taught. This exhibit takes a look at the materials, tools, and inspirations for today’s indigenous artisans who make and market moccasins.  It was organized by AmeriCorps Member Sabrina Short and Michaela Shifley, PhD. Click here to watch a video of Dr. Shifley’s talk The Language of Feet.