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Address: 1726 Washington St., Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone Number: +1 503-657-9336
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Official End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City, Oregon. The visitor center...

Official End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City, Oregon. The visitor center is a state 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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Worth the price just to see the multi-media historical presentation

Museums like this make history fun, understandable and relevant. This place is full of short stories of human ingenuity and survival to settle Oregon(and Washington). I love... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 26, 2015
MtRainierDave
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Eatonville
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Seattle, Washington
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30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

This is a very nice museum with hands on exhibits aimed at elementary age children and older. The museum also has a very interesting film. We enjoyed leaning about life on the Oregon trail and the challenges they faced once they arrived in Oregon. Definitely worth a stop, rain or shine!

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

Thanks so much for writing this review! We're glad we had something to interest everyone in your group - children and adults! We are open rain or shine and one of the few historic landmarks in Oregon City that stays open year-round. Come again in better weather to get a different experience including outdoor events, exhibits, and games that we... More 

Hillsboro, Oregon
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95 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

For being such a huge exhibit I believe there could be much more information in here as well as more people in the building.

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

Thanks for writing this review! We agree with you on both counts - we're constantly thinking of new ways to build up the exhibits to showcase more information and just yesterday installed a slideshow of quotes from pioneer journals as our newest addition. And we'd also love to have more people in our buildings - so bring your friends next... More 

Eatonville
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41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Museums like this make history fun, understandable and relevant. This place is full of short stories of human ingenuity and survival to settle Oregon(and Washington). I love learning about why things are the way they are today and this museum explains a lot in an entertaining way. Costs about the same as a movie(free to veterans).

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

Thanks for the review! We're ecstatic you had a good time in the museum and appreciated the value of the story we have to tell. For the price of a movie ticket, we offer a theater-quality movie about the Oregon Trail as well as the interactive exhibits that make this history understandable and fun, as you say. Come back again... More 

Portland, Oregon
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67 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

We went with an 11 year old and one year old, and both found a lot of good things to explore and learn at the Center. We are so glad it is open again. Learned so much about the Oregon Trail, Pioneer times, and the local area. Was a good price, and good way to spend 2 hours on a... More 

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

We're so glad we were able to give you and everyone in your diverse group a good time on an otherwise grey afternoon. We do our best to present history in ways that can be engaging for all ages - signage, crafts, tablets, the movie, and interpreter stories. Hope you can come again soon - we now sell annual passes,... More 

St George, Utah
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

The website mentions that you should give yourself about 1.5 hours to go through, & that 30 minutes if that is a movie. It also mentions that it's self guided. I gave myself an hour to go through, figuring I'd skip the movie. To start, there was a very informative guide at the start. I listened to him for awhile,... More 

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Thank JennieJennie17
BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to communicate with us both through this helpful review and during your visit. We care about our visitors and strive to meet the diverse expectations they each bring to our site - some preferring a truly "self-guided" tour, while others want a more interactive experience. Therefore, it is our top priority to listen to... More 

Arlington, Virginia
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

This was closed for awhile and is now open. There is an opportunity to load up an Oregon Trail wagon, dress up, and get a sense of what it took to travel to Oregon. Friendly interpreters. Please support this wonderful gem to keep it open!

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Thank arlingt0n
BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your encouraging review! Since reopening in 2013, we truly have relied upon the support of visitors like yourself so we are overjoyed to hear that you enjoyed your time at our center. Thank you for highlighting the importance of our interpreters - employees and volunteers alike. They have a huge role in making history fun... More 

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8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

A wonderful view from the diaries of those who experienced migration to the Pacific Northwest. I have been enough of a student of the Oregon Trail to understand the excitement, disappointment, despair and all the emotions in between. ....and then the reality at the end that they had to fight to survive in the "promised land". The greatest is the... More 

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

Thanks so much for reviewing us! We've only recently created that exhibit made up of Oregon Trail diary excerpts and it's great to know it was appreciated. We're thrilled it helped you really feel the pioneers' story. Thanks to your review, we'll definitely keep that diary exhibit up permanently. More 

Lehigh Acres, Florida
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38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed the museum and grounds and spent a few hours learning about the amazing trip the immigrants took to get to the west coast. If you are a history buff this is a must do!

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Thank Calef71
BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to write this review. We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed and fully experienced our center - inside and out! We love to hear that the outdoor signs and historical significance of the grounds themselves are being appreciated by our visitors. Knowing we were able to engage and inspire a history buff like... More 

Redmond, Washington
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45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Very well done interpretive center has interactive activities for kids (like candle dipping or figuring out what to pack in your wagon for the trip from St. Louis to Oregon), wonderful displays and personal stories, and an excellent video. Comments about film being "reproduced" rather than original don't take into account when this trek was made and how unimportant (and... More 

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

Thank you so much for your generous review! Your words are inspiring to our staff and volunteers, as well as constructive to the on-going development of new programs and exhibits at the center. It's critical for us to know what we are doing right so that we can build on that base to give visitors the experience they want. For... More 

San Diego, California
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Very disappointing experience. Most of the displays were reproduced from the Internet rather than being actual artifacts from the period. The result was slick and superficial.

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Thank boomerdog2
BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Thank you for voicing your experience at the End of the Oregon Trail - it is the thoughtful responses to visitors like yourself that help us improve. We're sad to learn that your time in our center did not meet your expectations. Whatever gave you the impression that our displays were simply reproduced from the Internet was not accurate and... More 

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