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National Frontier Trails Museum

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Address: 318 W Pacific Ave, Independence, MO 64050-4372
Phone Number: 816-325-7575
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

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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Start of the Oregon Trail

My sons (9 and 11) did the Oregon Trail, beginning to end. This was the perfect place to start. They had some essential free pamphlets, a cool video, and some hands-on exhibits... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Sarah S
Denver, Colorado, United States
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Independence, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This little museum holds a wealth of information about the wagon trails leading west from Independence, Missouri. It is a self guided tour, so it takes some effort to maximize the resources, but well worth the effort.

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Independence, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This museum may not be huge but it is packed with wonderful visuals, great information and excellent displays of life on the trail and the destinations so many people were trying to reach. One of the most interesting facets of the museum, in my opinion, would be the many quotes displayed throughout that were taken from journals and diaries of... More 

Thank Roxanne P
Denver, Colorado, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My sons (9 and 11) did the Oregon Trail, beginning to end. This was the perfect place to start. They had some essential free pamphlets, a cool video, and some hands-on exhibits. The best part was getting to ride a mule-pulled wagon a little way into the town center where you can take a picture in front of a memorial... More 

Thank Sarah S
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I especially like the way this museum pulls together ALL of the various trails west, including Lewis and Clark and the Oregon, California, Santa Fe, and Mormon Trails. Together, they offer a broad picture of the expansion of the country in the 19th century. There are lots of good quotes from frontier travelers and illustrations, but I don't know if... More 

Thank Wanderlust777
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My boys had studied the Oregon Trail in school and begged to go to Independence. It was very informative!

Thank Stacy T
Yuma, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this museum closes early on weekends so plan accordingly. small but informative. small gift shop located near entrance.

Thank Noel E
Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The exhibits are very good although some were missing due to reworking. There was a nice video and lots to see. There were diagrams showing the 5 main trails to the west and how they interacted with each other. We found it very informative. It is a good visit.

Thank HappyWanderer824
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

The exhibits are very informative and and are very nicely laid out. There was a woman dressed in period clothing and giving brief descriptions of life in 1849. Worth the time and small entrance fee

Thank David P
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

There are a lot of interesting artifacts about the frontier trails. Kids enjoyed the exhibit where they could put items on a wagon to see what they could bring on a trip. Movie is very dated.

Thank MHer101
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Located just three miles north of Interstate 70 in historic Independence, Missouri, the National Frontier Museum offers visitors a fascinating insight into America's western expansion, beginning with the Lewis and Clark expedition and ending with advent of the railroad. The museum is located in a quiet neighborhood in a converted nineteenth century flour mill. There is ample parking. The museum... More 

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