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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
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Sun 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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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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Inexpensive chance to ride a covered wagon.

Westward Ho!! This area of Missouri became the launch point for all trails west - the Santa Fe, the Oregon, the Mormon trail and the California trail (the latter two apparently... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Cathy L
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Powder Springs, Georgia
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Powder Springs, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Westward Ho!! This area of Missouri became the launch point for all trails west - the Santa Fe, the Oregon, the Mormon trail and the California trail (the latter two apparently traveled Oregon awhile and then split apart). The museum offers a dated film that does explain the trails. The museum has a couple of full size wagons and a... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to a few museums that feature history about old west trails. This one is OK, not the best, not the worst. It had some interesting exhibits and I felt it was worth the $6 admission. Spent about an hour or so here. It is close to the Jail, Marshall's home and museum which is another interesting place... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sounded interesting so visited on way somewhere else. Interesting but after with other reviews that some audio with displays would be nice.

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Thank MEL2MEW
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum, while quite small, was well organized and detailed. It was interactive, which was fun (we loaded a wagon to see if we could carry everything we needed) It makes me truly appreciate all of our modern conveniences!

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Thank DandEOneBigAdventure
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have always been fascinated with the Old West, and loved playing the game Oregon Trail in elementary school, so a visit here was a must-do when we were staying in Kansas City. The museum is really great and very informative. I started off by watching the sort of hokey video presentation they have, and I did enjoy it, but... More 

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Independence, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum give you the feeling of what it was like to travel on the trails so many years ago. Certainly surprised about the size of the wagons and the distances that were travelled to get to the destinations.

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Thank mustangsuzy2016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Movie outdated but still pertinent. I highly recommend visiting the Bingham/Waggoner estate as it is right across the street. Admission for one is $5 ($4 for seniors) and the other is $6 but I do not remember which is which.

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Thank Megan B
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice but most items are replicas...price of 5.00 was very resonable... I wouldn't go back though.....just so so museum and very small at that...employees were very nice and helpful. That was the good part of this museum.

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Thank toozigo
Dana Point, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I truly enjoyed visiting this museum. It was such a pleasant surprise being a smaller museum with lots of great information and many displays. The staff was extremely friendly and very helpful and knowledgeable. Behind the main museum there is a railroad depot that is beautifully restored. The volunteer there was very helpful with tons of information... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Museum has intersting and descriptive displays about the Oregon, California, Mormon and Santa Fe Trails that include artifacts and actual letters from the period that describe what life was like.

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