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National Frontier Trails Museum

318 W Pacific, Independence, MO 64050
816-325-7575
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Ranked #10 of 24 Attractions in Independence
Type: History Museums
Activities: Leisure education, Group tours/train
Owner description: This center, established in 1990, uses voice recordings of the early pioneers' diaries and letters to depict their lives and hardships as they... more » Owner description: This center, established in 1990, uses voice recordings of the early pioneers' diaries and letters to depict their lives and hardships as they traveled west. « less
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New Braunfels, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This is a smaller museum with so much local history about all of the trails that used Independence as a "jumping off" point to ways west. There is information on the Oregon Trail, California Trail, Santa Fe trail (mostly a trade route), and others. If you are in Independence are interested in learning more about the migrant pioneers that traveled... More

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Borrego Springs, California
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143 attraction reviews
304 helpful votes 304 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The museum is showing its age in some deferred maintenance elements. However, the displays, while a bit dated, contain interesting artifacts, well presented.

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Cedar Hill, Missouri
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Our 10 year old daughter loves history and is especially fond of the 1800s. Maybe that's why this was such a hit for her, but hubby and I really enjoyed it as well. There is a lot of reading but as always, you can choose how much you want to soak up. It was small so it did not overwhelm... More

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Noble, Oklahoma
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This small museum had info on the 5 westward trails used. We were only there about 20-30 mins. I was hoping for more Lewis and Clark, but they did have some neat displays!

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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285 reviews 285 reviews
219 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The museum was smaller than I thought it would be, but the displays are very high quality. There is quite a bit of reading, but as long as you are a history buff, you will find it interesting. Worth a stop.

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Arnold
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23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

It was perfect to introduce my grandchildren to the trails west. I wanted to spark an interest in history that they should be learning about in school next year. I would have liked more interactive stations in the museum. They loved the simple spinning a wheel to see how well they would have done had they gone to California during... More

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Blue Springs, Missouri
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65 reviews 65 reviews
26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Took family to this indoor/outdoor museum. Took a horse drawn carriage ride, watched skilled tradesmen perform. Very good way to spend the afternoon. Kids loved it. Would highly recommend!

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Portland, OR
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155 reviews 155 reviews
45 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We live at the end of the Oregon Trail so we were excited to see what the beginning of the trail looks like. This museum does a very good job explaining how this area was the launch point for several pioneer trails, not just the Oregon one. The museum is a little worn and needs a few more interactive exhibits... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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177 reviews 177 reviews
65 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

This is a great museum about how people got to the West of the United States to create the cities and states we know today. An excellent description of Lewis and Clark, the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, the Santa Fe Trail and the Mormon Trail. Exhibits explain the hardships involved and what a hardy people followed these trails.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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18 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

Being from the east coast, we didn't know much about the life of the pioneers that used these trails to head west. The story told in this museum was indeed very interesting, especially getting to see covered wagons in person and imagining months at a time on the trail. That said, this museum desperately needs some good fundraising to improve... More

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