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National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

22267 Oregon Highway 86, Baker City, OR
+1 541-523-1843
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Baker City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Performances, Cultural
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Owner description: The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers living history demonstrations, interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media presentations, special events, and more than four miles of interpretive trails. We offer a variety of interpretive programs and special exhibits year-round. One mile of well-preserved ruts lie on the Interpretive Center grounds, and are accessible by the trails or from a turnout on Highway 86 about a half-mile west of the Center's entrance.

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Vancouver, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

If you enjoy American History, this museum does an excellent job of walking you along the Oregon Trail, using interactive media and words from travelers along the trail to give you a sense of the hardships and joys faced along the trail.

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Columbus, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This is out of the way but so informative. Lots of history to walk through in this amazing center, much bigger than it would seem. Overlooks part of the original train.

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Baker City, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The most amazing view of the wagon-rutted Oregon Trail as it twists down into the Baker Valley. Interesting displays in the gallery and performances in the theater, but the banners featuring excerpts from pioneer journals will stun you. This is a kid-friendly museum with bigger-than-life-size dioramas and interactive features that kids love. A bonus is the hiking trail through the... More

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North Plains, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

interesting, you could spend an hour, or all day. We spent two hours and it really made you imagine what it was like coming over that trail in a wagon.

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Boise, Idaho
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

After many years of not stopping to explore this center we finally found the time. (Seems like we always had to get somewhere fast.) We realized we should have stopped much earlier. The center is very informative and the real life displays are just. amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Well worth it!!!! Amazing dioramas and displays of the trials and tribulations of the early PNW pioneers!

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Seattle, Washington
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Not only were the displays worth visiting but the use of live period-correct interpreters was great. We listened to an individual who was recreating a 1830's fur trapper. He did this as a seasonal job in a variety of locations in the west and was extraordinarily knowledgeable. His garb was authentic and the amount of research and knowledge he shared... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Displays were nicely done, high quality. Beautiful building with great views and nice walking paths. Very helpful staff and well stocked giftshop.

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Bend, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Options for seeing videos and displays very good. Location gives one the impression of what it might have been like on the trail.

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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This was a very educational attraction for the whole family. Very realistic renditions of settlers and their hardships and numerous interactive dispays. Several AV shows gave additional background. Actual ruts made by those travelers could be seen from the visitors center. Staff was well informed and helpful.

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