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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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Get ready for new exhibits

We stopped at the Center not realizing the main indoor interpretive area of the museum was closed due to new exhibits being installed. The staff was most gracious in offering the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 28, 2016
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our stop here at the museum, visitors center and interpretive center. The building is creatively shaped like a wagon train and nicely appointed. A great stop!

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

Thank you for writing a review! The museum is just as fun on the inside as it looks fun from the outside! More 

Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

We stopped at the Center not realizing the main indoor interpretive area of the museum was closed due to new exhibits being installed. The staff was most gracious in offering the outdoor exhibits and suggestions for other area attractions (the City Elevator, etc). The gift shop sells items representative of the time period for thr Oregon Trail with some modern... More 

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

Thanks for your review! We are so pleased we were able to give you a positive experience even with the exhibits temporarily unavailable. The updates are now complete and we hope you'll come back to see them! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

Having been to other Oregon Trail Interpretive Centers, we knew we had to visit this one to complete. Displays are well done and movie gives individual perspectives which added to the knowledge of the trail. The receptionist wasn't really friendly or informative at ticket counter but the docent at the exhibit was very knowledgeable and professional. Spent a little over... More 

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

Thank you for writing your review of us! We're thrilled you considered us a vital stop on your Oregon Trail tour and that our film and interpreter could live up to that expectation and really help you connect to history. Thanks for coming! We hope you can visit again in the future to see the exhibit updates we're installing this... More 

Portland Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

My daughter and I were planning on going to SF but finances said stay home instead. We decided to have a mini vacation at home instead. First stop, The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Having never been before, we were very impressed. Our ancestors crossed the Oregon Trail so it was a great way to see what they... 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 so glad the interpretive center was able to connect you to your ancestors and create the experience of an adventure - even close to home. Come by again for some of our monthly events, including period music performances and author presentations. More 

Buffalo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

After hiking near Laurel Hill's infamous wagon chute in Mount Hood, I was interested in hearing more about the Oregon trail and what it was like for these pioneers. The museum had personal accounts of the journey, a film , and some interactive areas where you could fill a wagon that represented the actual wagons, make a candle and other... 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 us! We're glad to hear our exhibits helped you try to image what life on the Oregon Trail was really like for the pioneers and we hope you're inspired to keep hiking your own trails! More 

Mena, AR
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

I thought they would have more information and displays on the Oregon Trail but it was more like information on the town's history. It was alright but for $13 a head I thought it would be much better. I was not impressed.

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

We're glad you had the chance to visit us and to write this review. Our exhibits are loosely organized so the first room and hall cover the beginning of the Oregon Trail journey, the second room is the movie theater which uses diaries to tell what the whole trip was like, and the third exhibit focuses on our town -... More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

When reception found out we were from the UK, we were made especially welcome and everything was carefully explained about where to go, what to see and how to understand it - which I suppose is the whole point really. However we felt very welcome. The museum is extremely well laid out in the format of three covered wagons and... More 

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

We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit - thanks for the review! Our "Bound for Oregon" film is a highlight and we're happy you found it educational, compelling, and inspiring to continue your own journey! We do offer free coffee and tea and a few snacks for purchase, and our staff in the visitor information center are happy... More 

Oregon City, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

When we first moved to the area I went to the center and learned everything I needed to know to enjoy the beautiful area around me. They had maps, camping info, need to see sights and the history of the area.

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

Thank you for writing this review! We're glad to know you found the visitor information center on our site so helpful and we hope you'll come back next time you need more travel ideas for day trips! More 

Vineland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This museum gives the history of the Oregon Trail from beginning to end. It is very interesting and well worth the trip.

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

Thanks for your review! We're very excited to know you liked our history as much as we do and hope you'll visit again later to see the updates to our exhibit we are planning. More 

Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Oregon Trail Museum was on husband bucket list. We a very nice museum. Well worth the stop. Had visitor center, showed a movie about the settlers travels and tribulations. Picnic area outside.

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

Thanks so much for your review. We are so proud to have been a check mark on your bucket list! More 

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