Journey to a time when Missouri was way out West, in the wilderness. Experience the lives of the men and women who secured the American frontier. Built in 1808, under the direction of William Clark, co-leader of the Lewis & Clark expedition, the Fort served a dual role as a military garrison and a trade center. Overlooking the Missouri River, this historic site has been reconstructed to portray Fort Osage as it was in 1812. Authentically attired interpreters provide living-history insights into the daily life of the military, civilian and American Indian populations.The Fort Osage Education Center, adjacent to the Fort, has a permanent exhibit area which features interactive exhibits on geology, local flora and fauna of the early 19th century, Hopewell Indians, Osage Indians, Lewis and Clark, Fort Osage, and the Missouri River. The Center has special exhibit space, classroom, meeting rooms, auditorium and conservation laboratory, including archival storage.From Kansas City: Route 24 east to Buckner; north at Sibley Street (Route BB); through Sibley, following signs to Fort Osage.Admission: $8, ages 5-13, $4, age 62+, $3.