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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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Worth a Quick Stop

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Gail K
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Fenton, Missouri
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Fenton, Missouri
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

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.

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sioux city, iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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.

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Clayton, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

My wife and I went at the spur of the moment, the cost was $6 per person(well worth it). There was a lot of good history about the town and the civil war. As a bonus they had a re-enactment taking place. We also rode the covered wagon to the town square.

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Taylorsville, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

There is more here than it look from the outside. Plan at least 2 hours to fully explore all that is here.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 320 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This museum is located south of the Courthouse. Go south on Main to Pacific. Turn right onto Pacific and the Museum will be on your right. The museum is open from 9:00-4:30 Monday's through Saturdays. 12:30-4:30 Sunday's. $6 per adult. A good background video on all trails and their importance to westward migration. Adequate exhibits and displays, with many artifacts... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Small museum with a small number of well done displays. A lot of interesting information in this little place. Good to do if you enjoy old western or pioneer history. Recommend seeing. And it's right next the Chicago and Alton depot museum so worth the time.

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Dorking
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We wanted to visit the museum as were driving across the US and knew we would be following the Santa Fe trail for a while (Highway 50). Perhaps the most impressive thing for us (from the UK) were the accounts written by folk who were trying the Oregon Trail. Comparing the times it took us to reach various point further... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I have always loved reading stories from the frontier so I knew I had to visit this museum on our trip. I loved how the exhibits were split into categories by trails. Reading first hand accounts really added to the experience and it was neat to see the interactive exhibits at the end of the exhibit. Very practical! I would... More 

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Naples, F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We previously visited the western Trails West Museum in Portland, OR This museum is more interesting because it covers several Trails including the: Oregon, Santa Fe, California, Mormon, plus various cut off trails.. AND the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery. There are several maps showing the routes of various trails. Quotes from many pioneers helped us to get a... More 

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Traveling
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This is a great starting point if you are interested in the migration trails west or Lewis and Clark. The displays are very informative and the 2 hours spent here was a great primer as we head west and visit historic sights along the Oregon Trail. The building has seen better days but if overlook that one flaw, you'll find... More 

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