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National Frontier Trails Museum

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Address: 318 W Pacific, Independence, MO 64050
Phone Number: 816-325-7575
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9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Leisure education, Group tours/train
Description: This center, established in 1990, uses voice recordings of the early...
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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Informative But Aging Museum

My friend and I stopped in while doing a scouting trip for a move to the area. Our main mistake was stopping by so late in the day and rushing through a lot of the information... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The Oregon, California, and Santa Fe Trails are among the most romantic chapters in the history of the United States. For that reason, we looked forward to visiting this museum with our three teenagers. It was good, but not great. The museum utilizes artifacts, actors, maps, diary entries, and straightforward history to tell the story of America's frontier trails. Our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

My friend and I stopped in while doing a scouting trip for a move to the area. Our main mistake was stopping by so late in the day and rushing through a lot of the information. The staff were very nice and answered all of our questions, though mostly we were left to wonder alone. This is a case where... More 

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Chatham, Illinois, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Laid out very well with lots of information for the time period. Fascinating artifacts. The movie was good. The museum was easy to find and the staff were very nice.

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Bowling Green, Ohio
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33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This was our one stop in Missouri, and we are so glad we found this museum. We thought it would be a small museum but we were pleasantly surprised. I love the history of this area and the museum was filled with interesting facts and displays.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Museum is located about a mile or so from the Old Courthouse area. We figured it would be a larger museum since it had "National" in its name. We were so wrong. It was a very small museum with not much to see. Most of the stuff inside was reproduction anyway. Apparently they are trying to raise money to renovate... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We visited at the end of a tiring day so we spent only an hour there; but it's a good museum if you want to learn about the Oregon Trail and Santa Fe Trail, and general life and travel conditions as European-descended people (I am one) spread through the West.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This was a great museum and a perfect place to start if you're in Independence to see/learn about the pioneer trails. I wish I could've spent more time here, we rushed through and didn't get to absorb most of the exhibits. They have a nice gift shop. Afterwards we went and viewed the wagon swales which are about a quarter... More 

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Urbana, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This is a small museum and some of the features (wagon to load) were not working on the day we visited. There is a good introductory film and interesting information about four of the major pioneer trails (Sante Fe, Oregon, Morman and California trails). Tidbits on "why" different pioneers chose to make the journey were very interesting. There were several... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 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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Additional Information about National Frontier Trails Museum

Address: Address: 318 W Pacific, Independence, MO 64050
Phone Number: 816-325-7575
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Independence
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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