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National Frontier Trails Museum

318 W Pacific, Independence, MO 64050
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Ranked #10 of 20 Attractions in Independence
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education, Group tours/train
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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.

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Vancouver, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is not an easy place to find, and once you do, you will be asking yourself what will this museum be like, since the building needs a refresh. Don't let that stop you. This museum chronicles the beginning of all the great trails westward- Oregon Trail, California Trail and Mormon Trail. If you enjoy American history, this should be... More

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Lexington, TN
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104 reviews 104 reviews
65 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

It had been a life long dream of mine to visit this museum as I am hugely fascinated with the wagon trails that rolled over the prairies and mountains in search of new lands and homes. The museum had a very nice film giving some basic information about each trail and many, unique and informative displays and personal stories from... More

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Independence, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

LOTS of history here and you could be there for hours to cover so much or could do it in smaller amount of time. Don't miss it.

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New Braunfels, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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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314 reviews 314 reviews
157 attraction reviews
394 helpful votes 394 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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262 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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