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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

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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Well-designed exhibits and certainly worth a visit

The museum, while in a residential area in a renovated mlll, is very nice inside and contains a thorough explanation of the climate of exploration at the time, the events leading... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 10, 2015
Casa Grande, Arizona
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Rawson, Ohio
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26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We visited in June during a storm. This museum was great for adults, teens and children. We all loved the life-sized covered wagons! The artifacts and videos were informative. The museum had info about the Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails. There was a Lewis and Clark exhibit and also discussed the "Go West!" mentality. This was such a fascinating... More 

Thank JMA032
Grain Valley
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72 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Great rainy day outing. Nice little museum. We took our time going through it. Great way to spend a couple of hours on a rainy sunday, and came away with a new appreciation for the brave and absolutely crazy people that went west on the wagon trains. Was inexpensive to tour and well worth the visit, would definitely recommend.

Thank Jamie M
Iowa City, Iowa
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This is a wonderful exhibit of the three covered wagon trails as they headed west from the Kansas City area and the hardships they had along the trails. There is also a hands on exhibit. It really puts their experience into prospective. We visited here several years ago and have told many others to take the time to visit too!

Thank Francis119
Columbia, Maryland
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43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Well designed building with more interesting information via video and displays. I tried to do to much in one day so I would have enjoyed another visit but my time in Independence was close to over. I am personally impressed in all the displays and clear and interesting information. Using letters written in the era makes it so much more... More 

Thank cientje21
Mildenhall, England, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

was there to start our trip along the Oregon trail from Independence to Oregon. great starting point.

Thank Boarders1954
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24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Made my first journey out west this summer and wanted to set out from the historic start of the Oregon Trail. I grew up playing the computer game in elementary school which sparked my interest, and stopping here was well worth it. The National Frontier and Trails Museum was clean and well run; the exhibits were informative. Little did we... More 

Thank Mark B
Casa Grande, Arizona
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151 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

The museum, while in a residential area in a renovated mlll, is very nice inside and contains a thorough explanation of the climate of exploration at the time, the events leading up to the expedition, the selection of Lewis and later Clark and the rest of the party, and the trek west. The dioramas are excellent, the displays well designed,... More 

Thank miznovember
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Another must see if you are interested in the trails west. Very nice lady told us of web sites we could read for more information. They also had auto books with directions of highways that are along the trails. We ended up taking a different route across Nebraska and followed the trail on the north west part of Nebraska into... More 

Thank mgmautiger
Fenton, Missouri
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We were the only people in this museum in the middle of the afternoon. That was a little weird. But the museum is well done and gives a good flavor for the trip west on the trails. The staff was very nice. It is worth a quick stop.

Thank Gail K
sioux city, iowa
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66 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Good history stop and worth a family visit. Could spend a couple of hours here easily and has an appeal for all ages.

Thank loesshawk

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