National Geographic Museum Cinema
The Journey Museum & Learning Center is thrilled to bring National Geographic films to the area to give visitors and Rapid City community members an educational and unforgettable experience, launching with National Geographic's Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West.
With stunning aerial cinematography and meticulous recreations, Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West dramatizes the legendary early 19th-century expedition that crossed the uncharted North American West.
Woolly mammoths, giant ground sloths, erupting volcanoes, a mountain of pure salt...this is what Thomas Jefferson expected to find west of the Mississippi River.
He also expected to find the fabled Northwest Passage, an Atlantic-to-Pacific water route that would ease trade with the Orient and make the United States a superpower before its time. But—as always with Jefferson—there was more: At a time when two-thirds of all Americans lived within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the Atlantic, the President dared to imagine a coast-to-coast "Empire of Liberty.” In fact, he planned on it.
In 1803 Jefferson commissioned a “Corps of Volunteers on an Expedition of North Western Discovery” to find the passage and explore the uncharted West, including the Louisiana Purchase, by which he had recently doubled the size of the U.S.
Led by Jefferson’s secretary and protégé, Meriwether Lewis, and Lewis’s former commanding officer in the Army, William Clark, the Corps of Discovery would dispel many myths of the West—and create a new legend in the process. What they found was no less mind-boggling: some 300 species unknown to science, nearly 50 Indian tribes, and the Rockies.
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National Geographic gets you closer to the stories that matter. Through the world’s best scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, National Geographic captivates and entertains a global community through television channels, magazines, children’s media, travel expeditions, books, maps, consumer products, location-based entertainment and experiences, and some of the most engaging digital and social media platforms in the world. A joint venture with 21st Century Fox, National Geographic reinvests 27% of proceeds to help fund the conservation and education efforts of the National Geographic Society.
The Journey Museum & Learning Center regularly adds new events, exhibits, and features to the expansive museum, covering American history, Black Hills history, and Native American culture.
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