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Tamastslikt Cultural Institute

47106 Wildhorse Blvd,, Pendleton, OR 97801
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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Pendleton
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Angwin, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

A new perspective for me told from tribe point. Well done exhibits telling the stories. Donated artifacts not a lot of explanation but attractive displays, recorded background. sounds and stories and on tv. N ice supplement after Cody's Indian Plains muse in WYOMING.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Nicely arranged, informative. Wonderful setting. Great staff and gift shop/store. The history of the local Native Americans interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We visited Washington & Oregon in part to familiarise ourselves with the Plateau Indians as opposed to the more well known Plains Indians. Research indicated good museums to see were; The Wanapum Cultural Heritage Museum near Vantage, which covers the Wanapum Indians who never signed a peace treaty. This is small but very well put together, viewed from an Indian... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

The Tamastslikt Cultural Institute has an outstanding display of the chronological history of the tribes of northeastern Oregon. Easy to get to near the Wildhorse Casino just outside Pendleton, Oregon. There is a small cafe that is only open for lunch, a gift shop and plenty of parking.

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