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End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

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Address: 1726 Washington St, Oregon City, OR 97045-1058
Phone Number: +1 503-657-9336
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Official End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City, Oregon. The visitor center...

Official End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City, Oregon. The visitor center is a state welcome center with free travel information, itineraries, and brochures. Also find the country store gift shop and visitor lounge with complimentary coffee and tea. The interpretive center offers the "Bound for Oregon" featured film, genealogy assistance for descendants of pioneers, and exciting and interactive exhibits that include period games and crafts like candle dipping and making a rag doll or journal. Outside the Interpretive Center, enjoy the heritage garden, a guided walk of one-thousandth of the trail, and Abernethy Green with pioneer lawn games and 24/7 signage implementing smart phone technology.

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Very Educational and Informative

This was very educational and informative. It was visual as well as having some hands on activities. Literally load a wagon like the one for travel across the OR trail, make a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Vancouver, Washington
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Vancouver, Washington
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60 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was very educational and informative. It was visual as well as having some hands on activities. Literally load a wagon like the one for travel across the OR trail, make a candle or dress up in period cloths. There is a good movie about OR immigration history. The museum has a small fee and a lot of reading. Maybe... More 

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BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your experience at the center! We're glad to hear you had a good time. That's a great idea about making a recording to balance the amount of reading in the exhibits. In the mean time, any of our interpreters would also be happy to tell visitors the amazing information and historical stories in person. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are a history buff, or just enjoy learning in general, you should definitely stop at the End of the Oregon Trail center in Oregon City, Oregon. The three-building center, created to look like a line of Oregon-trail-era wagons, boasts many interactions, historical facts and displays, and a neat 25-minute movie following a few travelers along the trail. This... More 

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BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing us! We're thrilled you enjoyed your visit to the interpretive center. The visitor center and picnic area you mentioned are free, as well as a heritage garden and interpretive trail. And an option we offer for admission is through the Clackamas County Library Cultural Pass - which locals can check out from the library for free... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting, worth one visit for sure! A lot of information available for readers and hands on interactives for littler ones.

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Thank Elizabeth G
BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the fascinating history of the Oregon Trail. And if you're more of a listener than reader or hands-on activity person, an interpreter would be happy to relate some Trail stories verbally and the 25-minute movie is interesting too! More 

Sacramento, California
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Kids would love this museum! There are creative learning areas throughout the museum, sharing early Oregon immigration history. The 20 minute video is informative and the theater is comfortable. Even though much of the museum is targeted to children, it is also an informative museum for adults. There are educational signs outside as well as in. A special attraction is... More 

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BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing us! We try our best to be entertaining and informative for kids and adults, inside and outside our buildings. We are currently developing a new interpretive trail outside, so be sure to visit us again later for a whole new experience! More 

New Jersey, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

$44 for 2 adults and 2 seniors. The little ones were free. Expect to spend 90-100 minutes which includes a 25 minute film presentation.

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BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Thanks for letting us know how your experience at our center was! We also suggest visitors give themselves at least 90 minutes to fully enjoy the exhibits, movie, and maybe even a little pioneer dress-up. More 

Grand Junction
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25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This was not worth what we paid to visit. The exhibits were pretty sparse. We didn't even bother to go through the whole thing. Employees were friendly.

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Thank Suzanne L
BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us and thank you for supporting our museum financially - we are not a national or state heritage site, so admission fees like yours are what keep us going. We'd like to invite you to approach any of our staff during your next visit to let us know how we can meet... More 

Ridgefield, Washington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

We took our grandchildren (ages almost 4 and 6) here and they had a great time. The younger one enjoyed all of the kid activities - loading the wagons, making butter, dipping candles, and playing school in the school room. The older one enjoyed all of that but she also loved the movie. i wasn't sure she would "get" it,... More 

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BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your experience! With the half-hour movie and all those hands-on activities, we suggest an hour and half at least to see everything - more time, if your little ones really get into playing school! We look forward to your return visit! More 

Cupertino, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

Went to this place because a week earlier we went to the Oregon Trail center in Wyoming. This one is nice but not as nice. The highlight was a video, talking stills on a screen but a good story which told of the hardships people had on the trail and when they arrived in Oregon City.

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BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

There are so many great Oregon Trail museums across the 2,000 trail - we're so glad you found the time to visit ours! We are not a national historic site, like the interpretive center in Casper, WY, but we are proud of our 25-minute film, "Bound for Oregon", and we are always developing updates for our other exhibits. We're glad... More 

Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

Very nice displays. I like the combination of different medias used to learn about the Oregon Trail. Movie reenactments, readings of testimonials, well done and well placed displays. There is a patio where you can see towards the hillside, the path the wagons took. You could stop in for a driving break, but I easily spent a good two hours... More 

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BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

Thanks so much for sharing your review with us! We're glad you had the time to really enjoy our center's diverse displays and the inspiring Oregon scenery. If you're in a bit more of a rush next time you're in the area, just stop into the visitor center for a free coffee and travel magazine, and we'll be glad to... More 

Olympia, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

This was a interesting place to visit. Lots of Oregon trail history with first person recollections. Some interactive historical pieces to give you an understanding of live on the Oregon Trail.

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BethanyHOC, Public Relations Manager at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, responded to this review

All those fascinating first-person accounts of the Oregon Trail is part of why we love this topic in history! We're glad you found it interesting, too, and we hope you'll come back to visit us again in the future! More 

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