Keeping count of how many visitors arrive at a museum is a continuous process for all museums.  
Not only are the numbers counted but general age groups and where the visitors are coming from are important.  
These statistics help the individual museum understand who their primary audiences are so that they can plan exhibits and events to attract a greater number from these demographics.  
Nebraska City’s museums also track whether visitors are from out-of-area or local as a part of the “Grow Nebraska City” fund requirements.
As the fund provides a stipend to each museum subsidizing a paid attendant and local visitors receive free admission, it is important to renewing the grant each year based on local residents’ use of the program.
Due to their location on Highway 2, the MRB Lewis and Clark Center sees a greater number of visitors traveling across the country than many of the smaller museums in town.
 Each year, the Center aspires to receive a visitor from each of the 50 States in the Union.
 In addition to United States residents they also track how many foreign visitors are coming in the doors.  
Considering the size of the community, the actual numbers are somewhat surprising.
For the past 12 years, each year the Center has recorded visitors from all 50 states.  
Less than half-way into the tourism season they have seen visitors from 49 states including the District of Columbia, and 18 foreign countries; only a visitor from Rhode Island is needed to complete the count.  
Making it fun for distant travelers, they have posted wanted signs for each state that is still needed.  
So when you are driving around town this summer, you will see a number of out-of-state license plates.  Please welcome them to our community and Nebraska; remember a part of their travel money is spent in the local businesses and attractions.
A great time to ‘act like an out-of-towner’ is Sunday, July 9, from 10 a.m.  to 3:30 p.m., when the Center’s Living History Corps are presenting demonstrations around the Native American earth lodge and the Center itself.  If you are a local resident, unlike out-of-towners, you do not pay admission.

IF YOU GO
Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Center
100 Valmont Lane
Nebraska City, NE
Hours; Monday – Saturday; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
www.mrb-lewisandclarkcenter.org