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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

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 28 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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 30 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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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about National Frontier Trails Museum

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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