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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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When you drive up you expect this place to be run by the state or the park service or something like that and I'm not sure just who is running it but they are very new at it... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

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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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a go-at-your-pace experience learning about the Oregon Trail pioneers, with lots of visuals, lots of reading and resources, and hands-on experiences that families with young children appreciate. The center is organized as three over-sized covered wagons: first one has exhibits about the Oregon Trail travelers, what they had to be prepared for and what they endured on the... More 

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

We are absolutely thrilled to hear your review about our interpretive center! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We strive to create exhibits that are fun and interesting for visitors whatever their age, learning style, interest level, or pace. Hearing your positive experience has certainly motivated us to continue our efforts. Let us know... More 

Bedford, Tx
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

When you drive up you expect this place to be run by the state or the park service or something like that and I'm not sure just who is running it but they are very new at it. There is some confusion with the signage or lack thereof and they know it and are working on it. People there even... 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 a review - your feedback is incredibly helpful and we do look forward to welcoming those who take your advice to stop in and help us grow. It is our goal as a museum to continue growing by listening to visitors like yourself. This is why we are constantly tailoring our program to keep... More 

Clarkston, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I was really looking forward to this part of our trip and wasn't disappointed. For being a small town attraction, I thought it was very state of the art. Although we no longer have young children, I can't imagine a better way to help them understand an integral part of our nation's history. Even as a 50 year old history... More 

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

We are so honored to have been a highlight of your trip and thankful for your thoughtful review! We were indeed temporarily shut down a few years ago, but those days are far behind us! Since reopening we have continued to add to our programming, exhibits, and events. We hope to see you again someday next time you are in... More 

Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The film was interesting and I learned some new facts about Oregon. The staff where friendly, you can make it through there pretty quick, even with watching the film.

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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 visiting and reviewing us. We appreciate your feedback! We are so pleased you were able to learn something new during your visit and that you found the interpretive center experience fit your desired schedule. The movie is 25 minutes long, so we usually suggest an hour and a half to go through the entire exhibit.... More 

Marysville, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Great exhibit, pull over and check it out! Lots of good vantage points for photos of the rugged and beautiful terrain.

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

Thanks for your review and for your visit - we're so glad you enjoyed it. You make a good point about a lot of our best features being outside, such as the heritage garden in full bloom right now, which makes us a great stop for visitors whether or not they have time to go through the exhibit. We hope... More 

Wilsonville, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The struggles of the pioneers who used the Oregon Trail are well displayed here with murals and artifacts. The book store/gift shop is large and staffed by friendly, helpful folks. We almost always take our visitors to see it.

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

It makes us so happy to hear that you are a regular at our interpretive center - that is what we live for! We are doing our best to keep displaying the Oregon Trail story in a way that engages visitors and also keeps the information exciting for locals like yourself - check our website for the diverse summer events... More 

AL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Every person young or old should stop here. This is the founding of our country. It was easily accessible and very informative.

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and absolutely thrilled to hear that our exhibits and interpreters are doing justice to the history you value so much. We are doing our best to keep that information accessible to all ages and are actively adding more pioneer games and crafts, genealogical research resources, a guided history walk around our grounds,... More 

Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

We visited with a local homeschool group and was not disappointed. The grounds were slightly under construction, but not enough to bother us. We took the tour and learned so much about the Oregon Trail. We made candles, butter, packed a wagon and more. My kids ages 8 and 4 were mesmerized. My only compliant would be that during the... More 

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Munich, Bayern, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Following the tourist sign as we were passing through, it was an enticing stop on our journey! With many things to see and outdoors as a landmark, I thought it was worth rating as there was not crazy crowds and did not take a lot of time. There was an option to go indoors, but it did not feel worth... More 

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Additional Information about End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Address: 1726 Washington St., Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone Number: +1 503-657-9336
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Clackamas County  >  Oregon City
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 11 - 11

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