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National Frontier Trails Museum

318 W Pacific, Independence, MO 64050
816-325-7575
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Ranked #10 of 23 attractions in Independence
Type: History Museums
Activities: Leisure education, Group tours/train
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... more » 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. « less
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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248 reviews 248 reviews
192 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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Arnold
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Portland, OR
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147 reviews 147 reviews
45 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We live at the end of the Oregon Trail so we were excited to see what the beginning of the trail looks like. This museum does a very good job explaining how this area was the launch point for several pioneer trails, not just the Oregon one. The museum is a little worn and needs a few more interactive exhibits... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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176 reviews 176 reviews
65 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

This is a great museum about how people got to the West of the United States to create the cities and states we know today. An excellent description of Lewis and Clark, the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, the Santa Fe Trail and the Mormon Trail. Exhibits explain the hardships involved and what a hardy people followed these trails.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

Being from the east coast, we didn't know much about the life of the pioneers that used these trails to head west. The story told in this museum was indeed very interesting, especially getting to see covered wagons in person and imagining months at a time on the trail. That said, this museum desperately needs some good fundraising to improve... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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89 reviews 89 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Nice little museum tracing the history of expansion to the west. Its worth an a hour or so of your time but don't expect to spend anymore time than that here.

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Grove, Oklahoma
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This is a fascinating museum covering the frontier trails that mostly started right here heading west. It is obvious that the museum suffers from lack of funding and run by dedicated volunteers. Fortunately, they have a campaign now to upgrade to a really first class museum. It is certainly worth the visit if you are interested in our country's westward... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

The displays were information and compelling. A good look at that portion of America's history. The initial video was a quick glance at the western expansion.

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Independence, Missouri
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

very good museum in independence mo, theres not a lot of historical museums this is one of the best small but very informative worth the time to see and no crowds

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