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End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

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Address: 1726 Washington St., Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone Number: +1 503-657-9336
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Description: Official End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City, Oregon. The visitor...
Official End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City, Oregon. The visitor center is a sate welcome center with free travel information, itineraries, and brochures. Also find the country store gift shop and visitor lounge with complimentary coffee and tea. The interpretive center offers the "Bound for Oregon" featured film, genealogy assistance for descendants of pioneers, and exciting and interactive exhibits that include period games and crafts like candle dipping and making a rag doll or journal. Outside the Interpretive Center, enjoy the heritage garden, a guided walk of one-thousandth of the trail, and Abernethy Green with pioneer lawn games and 24/7 signage implementing smart phone technology.
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Nice museum

I have been to many museums and national parks of assorted kinds. This held up with most of them and we enjoyed visiting. See this if you are in the area and have an interest.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Houst
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I have been to many museums and national parks of assorted kinds. This held up with most of them and we enjoyed visiting. See this if you are in the area and have an interest.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We got to make candles, sew up a little leather canoe, load a wagon with "goods" for our "trip" from Missouri to Oregon and see an educational movie in their theater. There were helpers dressed in pioneer costume ready to answer any of our questions. The kids really took it all in. We were very impressed. Great place to visit!

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is a simple but wonderful place to view and learn about those who traveled west by wagon train in the 1800's. Hands-on displays. Take a moment to slow down and enjoy the extreme journey that paved the way to our wonderful Oregon experience.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The setting of the Interpretive Center is cool, with an extended park and garden area, visitor center and picnic tables. The 30 minute video was good, and displays were nicely done. Admission was a bit high, I thought, for what was offered.

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The is a great way to learn more about this great country's history. Great for children of all ages.

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BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

We're absolutely thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit to our interpretive center! Your enthusiasm really inspires us to keep doing our best to provide visitors with the fun and educational experience you had here. Thanks for the review and we look forward to seeing you again next time you're in Oregon City. More 

Weed, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

As an avid history buff when it comes to the Oregon Trail history and the Pioneers of that era this was a disappointment to me. This is not a museum where you can wander around and look at genuine artifacts of the era. When we first got there we were not sure where to start, I had to ask an... More 

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BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review of your visit to our interpretive center - we truly value your feedback. We are so sorry we weren't able to provide you with the experience you were expecting and that you deserved. It is our utmost goal to feed the passion of history buffs on this truly inspiring topic... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This place was the goal. A new life. Water. Farmland. A new world in the Willamette Valley. The Visitor Center and Museum is a bit challenging to find, like Oregon was for the pioneers. It is located at 1726 Washington Street in Oregon City. About 30 minutes south of Portland. Take the I-5 To exit 289. Take I-205 E to... More 

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BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of your time at our interpretive center! Your description of the truly epic history we have the honor of exhibiting is inspiring to us to keep up our hard work. We are indeed continuing to improve and add to our displays with the interactive games and crafts you... More 

Peekskill, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I went here with my two kids (girl 9 and boy 7) and we had SOOO much fun. they have a mock wagon for the kids to load and unload with sacks of grain. My kids loved that. We made candles, which my 7 year old was naturally good at. We made some old toys and dressed up as pioneers,... More 

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BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Your kind review is music to our ears! We try very hard to keep history alive for all our visitors and especially engaging for children. We are in the process of adding several more hands-on crafts that children can make and keep to take home - in addition to the candles your kids enjoyed, we now offer journals, rag dolls,... More 

Santa Rosa, Ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Our large group arrived just a few minutes before closing time, but the folks in charge decided to stay late and let us in to wander the museum. We started off with a short film on the Oregon Trail pioneers, with information gleaned from actual diaries of the travelers. Interesting bit of work. We walked through the displays, spoke with... More 

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BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing this review of us - we really value your opinion! We were more than happy to keep the museum open a bit later to accommodate you and your group. It sounds like you enjoyed yourselves, so it was absolutely worth it for us. More 

Mesa, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Very enjoyable attraction where you can spend a couple of hours. It traces from preparing for the trip to choices the pioneers had after they arrived. Their video about pioneers on the Oregon Trail is impressive. It uses two projectors to create almost a hologram effect of John McLoughlin, father of Oregon. The museum thrives on hands-on exhibits such as... More 

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BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at the End of the Oregon Trail! We do our best to keep a full calendar with a variety of events happening at our location. Although there are only three more of the concerts you mentioned this summer, the Oregon City Library's Friday Film nights will be starting... More 

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