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“Donner Museum under construction”

Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum
Ranked #1 of 48 things to do in Truckee
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Owner description: This museum documents the fascinating and tragic history of the Donner Party's journey to the west coast.
Mars
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Donner Museum under construction”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

We visited Donner Museum near Truckee, CA and while the exhibit is well worth seeing and reading, a new facility is under construction and no visitors can get near the statue in honor of the Donner Party and its tragic history. Nice level walk along Donner Lake has plaques with history and pictures that we enjoyed. Great view!

Visited September 2012
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Washington, Pennsylvania
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482 reviews
222 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“A good diversion on your way to Tahoe, Reno, etc. off I-80.”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Under construction and fee parking is a little bit of a bother, but still a worthwhile stop. These smaller museums generally tell a good story and this one is no exception. Little movie is interesting. 30 minutes or less is all you need.

Visited September 2012
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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good little museum”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

The museum is small but has sone good exhibits--especially with respect to the Emigrant Trail. The little film about the Donner Party is a must-see.

Visited August 2012
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Santa Cruz, California
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417 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
“Currently under construction.”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

The Memorial has not changed and the Museum is informative. The parking lot and initial view has changed with some construction. It distracts but may fit in once the building is done. The statue is worth walking out to. One gets a feel for the depth of snow the year the Donner Party was there, standing at the base.

Visited August 2012
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Fremont, California
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58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good little museum- great Park”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

This museum is expanding and getting a big facelift. The park itself has a lot of trails, some history and a great lake to swim, walk around, or paddle in.

Visited August 2012
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