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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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Hours:
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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Filled a gap in my education

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 6, 2015
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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3 helpful votes 3 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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109 reviews 109 reviews
56 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
65 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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317 reviews 317 reviews
158 attraction reviews
427 helpful votes 427 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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