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End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

1726 Washington St., Oregon City, OR 97045
503/657-9336
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Ranked #8 of 19 Attractions in Oregon City
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: Official End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City, Oregon. The Oregon State/Mt. Hood Territory Visitor Center is located here offering free travel... more » Owner description: Official End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City, Oregon. The Oregon State/Mt. Hood Territory Visitor Center is located here offering free travel information, hands-on pioneer inspired games/activities for kids, and gifts. The Center also features exhibits on the Oregon Trail/Oregon history, books by local authors and historians and information on things to see and do in Oregon City/Clackamas County. « less
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Jackson, Miss.
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281 reviews 281 reviews
122 attraction reviews
276 helpful votes 276 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I loved this little museum! It's several adjacent buildings of artifacts and interactive displays, and each one has a big wagon cover frame over the top of it. You start in a spacious gift shop, where you can buy tickets, souvenirs and other items, then head into the first building. As you move through the exhibits, you do so in... More

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

Thank you very much for your positive response! We are glad you enjoyed our site and felt engaged by the programs and exhibit layouts offered. We hope you will come back to see us again soon. Again, thank you for taking the time to comment - It really helps spread the word about our mission and the significance of our... More

Seattle, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I know they need funds to keep things like this going, but it wasn't really worth $9. The first room is set up to show what people lived like and what they brought with them on the trail with several plaques of info. The next room is all about roses, then you watch a cheesy film, which I thought could've... More

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

Thank you for your comment. The challenges to success are a journey; we believe the most important aspect of the journey is to stay true to the spirit of the pioneers and not get distracted by the challenges, just learn from the past, dream of the future and take action! We have made many business decisions to keep the “End... More

Borrego Springs, California
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277 reviews 277 reviews
145 attraction reviews
306 helpful votes 306 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I spent three weeks following the Oregon Trail for 2000 miles starting in Independence Missouri. Along the way I visited dozens of museums and interpretative centers. While they varied in quality and interpretive value, this was the most disappointing. "Cheesy" is the description that comes to mind. It is only a shadow of what was when constructed and opened in... More

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

Thank you for your comment. The challenges to success are a journey; we believe the most important aspect of the journey is to stay true to the spirit of the pioneers and not get distracted by the challenges, just learn from the past, dream of the future and take action! We have made many business decisions to keep the “End... More

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100 reviews 100 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We are history buffs and enjoyed this museum immensely. What they did have on display was interesting. We enjoyed the film and the outside displays and small garden. Very glad we took the time to stop.

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

Thank you for your comment. The challenges to success are a journey; we believe the most important aspect of the journey is to stay true to the spirit of the pioneers and not get distracted by the challenges, just learn from the past, dream of the future and take action! We have made many business decisions to keep the “End... More

Cardiff
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317 reviews 317 reviews
149 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The site is quite a large site, with lots of parking for cars, buses and RV's. If arriving from the 205 thru town, you don't see it from the road until you're almost past the entry. Sadly, there were only 4 of us there from 2:30-4 on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon. It should have been full of families given it's... More

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

Thank you, please volunteer and join us in our efforts to build this attraction to the fullest potential. We are currently looking for volunteers to build the HOC Collections, Artifacts, Library and Exhibits department. To apply please go to our website and tell your friends. We are working with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde on an exhibit for... More

Minneapolis
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Visited this center on 8/19/14. We first heard the story of the settlers from a volunteer who was very informed and answered all our questions. Then we viewed the film which clearly described the determination of the 1850 settlers and all their roadblocks along the way. I have learned in genealogy research the the 'first wave' of any immigrants or... More

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

Thank you so much for your kind response and constructive comments on how to make our Interpretive Center better. We are constantly changing our plan and programs to meet the needs of our visitors, so your suggestions are very important in helping our mission be accomplished. We are currently working on adding new signage to help visitors find their way... More

Glen Carbon, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My husband and I visited the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center on August 9, 2014, It cost $9.00 each. What a disappointment! The building is huge but has very few artifacts. I was hoping to find a couple of books I had discovered on the internet about the pioneers, but alas, even the gift shop was lacking. i... More

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

Thank you for your comments, we are constantly working on improvements for our Interpretive and Visitor Information Center. As a nonprofit organization, it takes time to fulfill our plans to add more exhibits, programs etc. The same goes for our offerings in the store - If you have any suggestions as to the books you would want us to carry,... More

Hereford, England
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23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a sad example of a well-intentioned museum which simply fails to do what it should. For a start, it is very difficult to find. Oregon City in general is a terrible place for directions, unusually for America. On arrival, the entrance is invisible, the system for buying tickets impenetrable. Then we were ushered into a large 'cinema' where... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us as we are always finding ways to improve. Signage is a goal for us; we have applied for grants and are waiting for funding. If you have time please come back as our guests, free of charge. Please contact me directly at 503-657-9336 x107 to discuss your visit... More

Wilton, New Hampshire
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I was hoping for more information about the Oregon trail and more artifacts. They had a nice video and it was nice we could make our own candle. Other then that it was not worth the trip. I was walking away saying "is that it" They have some hands on activities for children like filling a wagon.

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

Thank you for sharing and we would like to invite you back as our guests so we can point out to you all the information and artifacts. We are waiting for signage funding and an End of the Oregon Trail program than will have a site map, and information regarding the programming available in each building. We appreciate feedback from... More

Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This was a great way for us to spend our Saturday together as a family. It was also a great way for our 4th grader soon to be a 5th grader to show off everything he learned about the Oregon Trail this year in school. I think the kids' favorite part of the museum was making candles and the movie... More

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

Thank you for your kind response, and we are so glad you and your family enjoyed visiting! Please come back again this summer to enjoy our other special events including family story times, summer Concerts in the Park and more. We are always building our exhibits and programs and really appreciate feedback from our visitors. Thank you again and please... More

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