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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
Owner description: The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers living history demonstrations, interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media... more » 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. « less
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Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My husband insisted that we take extra time on our trip through eastern Oregon to visit this interpretive center--and am I glad he did! It instantly drew me in with the life-size dioramas depicting real-life scenes from the Oregon Trail. After a hands-on room for kids, informative videos alternated with interesting historical explanations on the walls. This created a deep... More

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Kintbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I've always had an interest in the settlement of the American West, so when we had the opportunity to call in here, was pleased to do so. We were able to enter free with our American the Beautiful Federal Interagency Pass - the adult fee is normally $8. The information presented via displays and multi-media was balanced about the effect... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is a very nice museum with some fantastic life-like dioramas depicting life for travelers on the Oregon Trail. The main part of the museum is substantial walk-through tour which takes one from the beginning of the trail, in Missouri, to the end in the Willamette valley in Oregon. The location, on a large hilltop right by the old trail... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I remember stopping here as a kid and how interesting it was to see part of the Oregon Trail. The museum had improved since then and my grade school kids really enjoyed their visit. The had studied pioneers who traveled the trail in their school lessons this spring and were eager to see the real thing. The museum does a... More

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Cabool, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This was our second time at this Oregon Trail Center, and it is still the best that we have ever seen. There are many life size displays depicting life on the Oregon Trail, the good and the bad. Outside is a circle of wagons, and below them are the original wagons ruts.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

As a teacher, I truly appreciate the displays and interactive exhibits. So many details and thoughts to share. The human perspective was quite well done!

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is our second time at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and we had a great time. The care and detail that went into the exhibits is amazing. The artifacts and stories allow someone to travel back in time and attempt to understand how difficult the journey must have been. My five year old enjoyed trying to "load" the covered... More

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Its well done- geared to children, but interesting. I enjoyed being able to see the trail below the center!

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We have always been interested in the History of the Oregon Trail. This is a great place to find information and see some of the history. Liked the informative movies throughout the center. Staff was friendly and informative.

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Waldo, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Didnt really know a lot about the Oregon Trail...BUT now I do! Really neat stuff in the centre - worth the small fee to get in. Also - it is unbelievable that there are sections of the Oregon Trail that are still visible today and this location has a portion of the 200 miles that are still visible.

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