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End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

1726 Washington St., Oregon City, OR 97045
+1 503-657-9336
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Ranked #9 of 19 Attractions in Oregon City
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: Official End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City, Oregon. The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive and Visitor Information Center is located here... more » Owner description: Official End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City, Oregon. The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive and Visitor Information 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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Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

One of the better interpretive centers. Well designed, well executed. It is easy to follow. Add to that the incredible views of the ocean and you have a bit of paradise before your eyes.

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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 wonderful response; We are very glad you enjoyed your visit. Please spread the word to family and friends visiting our area and we hope to see you again soon! Stay connected with us on Facebook "End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center" More

Langley, Canada
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We had a lot of fun in this little interactive interpretive centre. It is full of cute touches and personal details. The movie was a nice touch

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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 wonderful response; We are very glad you enjoyed your visit. Please spread the word to family and friends visiting our area and we hope to see you again soon! Stay connected with us on Facebook "End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center" More

Jackson, Miss.
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281 reviews 281 reviews
122 attraction reviews
281 helpful votes 281 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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314 reviews 314 reviews
157 attraction reviews
383 helpful votes 383 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

Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
22 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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320 reviews 320 reviews
149 attraction reviews
229 helpful votes 229 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
2 reviews
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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

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