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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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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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Nice to visit

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
David P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

We enjoyed the museum and learned a lot about the Oregon and Santa Fe trail. Anyone interested in this history will enjoy spending time in this museum. It was reasonably priced.

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Penn Run, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

Movie needs to be updated a bit. Maps need a comparison map of today's boundaries for comparisons.Reading intensive as far as displays. Wagon displays and general store very nice. Worth a visit for sure. Might plan on spending some time as is.

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Thank Elaine M
Lewis Center, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

NPS Passport stamps available - as well as their own. It is nice to see all the major trails and their history in a single location. There were great maps, relics and other information. It was worth the stop.

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Albany, New York, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Went as a way to kill a bit of time before heading east. Cute museum, but very dense with words. As our culture turns more and more to quick information bites this was a lot to read and digest. Thought it funny that most of the exhibits were reproductions. But the kids we saw were really enjoying loading the wagon.... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Independence was the starting point for the Santa Fe, Oregon and a couple of other trails, and this museum displays what it was like to head west in a wagon train. There's a short movie and several rooms with exhibits. We loved it. You can easily spend an hour or so there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Independence, Mo was for over 50 years the starting point for most wagon trains to the west and southwest. The history of the hard working and courageous settlers is comprehensively displayed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Small museum with a nice movie and self guided tour. Kids will enjoy packing the wagon with supplies to determine how much they can carry in their westward journey.

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