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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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Cardiff
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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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Minneapolis
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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
22 helpful votes 22 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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15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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

Oregon City, Oregon
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87 reviews 87 reviews
16 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

What they have is interesting. The trouble is it's just not extensive enough. The real show is in Baker, Oregon. That is one fabulous place. Oregon City just can't compare to it. Oregon City has done a decent job, with a much smaller exhibit.

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Kristin K, Development Coordinator at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment and visit to the official End of the Oregon Trail. We appreciate all feedback as this will help make our programs stronger in the future. The Interpretive Center, which had to close in 2009 due to funding cuts, reopened last June with all new programming that took two years to raise over $116,650 to upgrade... More

Camas, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I went with a group last Monday and we planned to spend 2 hours but we could have spent much more time to really stopped and read more signs and exhibits. As it was we enjoyed the terrific and informative guide, Jeff. He led us from the initiation of the trip in Missouri, with many stories and personal accounts, to... More

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Seattle
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Well done exhibit of the rigors of life on the Oregon Trail. Lots of artifacts and personal stories of the travelers and how they initially settled and established life in the Oregon area. Guides, dressed like the travelers, will provide more information as you wander through the exhibits. The exhibits, and the short movie, give you a real sense of... More

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Canby, Oregon
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Just reopened this is an interesting look at the Oregon trail. It is not as extensive as I would have hoped and does not cover nearly as much as I would have thought.

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