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Tamastslikt Cultural Institute

47106 Wildhorse Blvd,, Pendleton, OR 97801
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Pendleton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums
Description: The institute chronicles tribal heritage and the impact of Western migration from the Native American perspective.
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Portland, Maine
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

The settling of the American West by European Americans was often times heart breaking, nasty and violent. It's best to deal with the truth, instead of false romance and mythologized history. Native Americans were already living on this continent for many thousands of years. So it's true that their long time homeland was stolen from them. The Tamatslikt interpretive center... More

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Fairfield, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Several exhibits broken down and no real friendliness vibe. Leaned that Native American Culture is being preserved and taught through museum setting.

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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133 reviews 133 reviews
33 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The Institute is normally closed on Sundays, but opened just for our excursion group. We were welcomed, and had ample time to walk through the exhibits. All of the information presented is most interesting, and gives very good background about the Tamastslikt people and their culture. It is a very handsome exhibit space.

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Salem, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We have many museums, waysides, and interpretive centers that share information on the Oregon Trail, but none that do a better job of showing that migration in the view of the Native Americans that already inhabited the west than the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. I took two of my grandchildren on a trip to travel the Oregon Trail when the oldest... More

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Angwin, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

For an honest look at the Cayuse, Umatilla & Walla Walla indians, this museum is a must. Very interesting, narration is easy to understand. Great gift shop, too.

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Pendleton, Oregon, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

With the change of attractions its always great to see this more than once a month, or go do a second look or even more, take your time and see something different every time, also a great place to have healthy food and awesome gift shop...

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Hagerstown, MD
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76 reviews 76 reviews
19 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed at our visit. We expected to enjoy it, but it so exceeded our expectations. We have visited other Native American/First Nation museums and have to say this is the best. Superb displays with just the right amount of depth in an elegant facility. We were also fortunate to catch the outstanding Andy Warhol exhibit. Just don't pass... More

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Seattle, Washington
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Designed to give an in-depth look at the life and lore of the Indian Natives who have called this area home for hundreds of years you will be glad you spent an hour or two exploring Indian history andculture.

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Ocala, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Today, we went to the Tamastslikt Institute, and I have to say it's the most comprehensive of its' type that we've ever been to. We spent over 2 hours looking at the displays, listening to the recordings, and reading the vast amount of information provided. I learned a lot about how the Indians were displaced, more than I'd realized. There... More

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San Diego, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

This is an excellent museum, well worth a 2-4 hour visit when you’re in the area. The collection is presented both linearly, by time, and in a circle. The linear display traces the arrival of white men and the effects of western expansion via the Oregon Trail on local Indian populations. The themes are “We Were”, “We Are” and “We... More

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