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National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

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Address: 22267 Oregon Highway 86, Baker City, OR
Phone Number: +1 541-523-1843
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Description: The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers living...
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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Great place for young and old

Great place to take anyone who is interested in the Oregon Trail. Great interactive exhibits and amazing views.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Baker City, Oregon
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Baker City, Oregon
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great place to take anyone who is interested in the Oregon Trail. Great interactive exhibits and amazing views.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

we were baker city on last week . Small town but great town.we had great time at Anthony lake ski and we visited National Historical Oregon Trail Interpretive center .we love ! unique amazing!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

First, I am prejudiced...I am a history buff about the Oregon Trail and am keenly interested in all things related. That being said, this is an excellent exhibit, with trails, to view the actual wagon ruts of the original wagons as people traveled on the Oregon Trail. I am not sure how interested young children would be in the center/exhibit.... More 

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Hillsboro, OR
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This interpretive center is very well done and should not be missed. Baker City has a lot to offer. Stay at the Geiser, see the Interpretive Center, go to the museum, have a great time! The Geiser will provide information on what's happening around town.

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Boise, Idaho
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121 reviews 121 reviews
36 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The museum both shows what life on the trail was like and tells the story. Excellent exhibits and narration. Worth a couple hours to really get into the information but is also interesting for a quicker stop.

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Cornelius, Oregon, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Authentic, original, accommodating, and informative. A must see for those who travel I-84 in eastern Oregon.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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276 reviews 276 reviews
161 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We went to many museums on our trip and this stands out as one of the best interpretive displays. Excellent full size dioramas of the Oregon Trail pioneers with descriptions of the difficulties encountered on their journeys. An opportunity to get a good feel for the hardships and huge tasks they faced. We stopped by the highway roadside to see... More 

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Bay City
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This museum is wonderful- and I go in a lot of them. There are life-sized displays of people traveling west on the Oregon Trail complete with audio. They were very realistic and told the story of just how brave these early settlers were. There was also a tour guide dressed as a mountain man telling his story. I would say... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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16 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This is the best Oregon trail museum that we have been to (and we have been to many). It is located in a beautiful location. Even as sparse as the countryside is, it has its own charm. You won't be disappointed.

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Mukiteo, wa
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I've never seen real stuffed horse! Very authentic displays and tons of information on the trail. We were only one of two couples in the place and we actually got to walk on the actual Oregon trail! Very cool place.

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