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“History comes alive with hands-on activities!”

National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Baker City
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers living history demonstrations, interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media presentations, special events, and more than four miles of interpretive trails. We offer a variety of interpretive programs and special exhibits year-round. One mile of well-preserved ruts lie on the Interpretive Center grounds, and are accessible by the trails or from a turnout on Highway 86 about a half-mile west of the Center's entrance.
Des Moines, IA
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“History comes alive with hands-on activities!”
Reviewed October 12, 2009

Learning about the hardships of long journeys along the Oregon Trail was a great way to increase our gratitude for the privilege of taking a two-week family vacation in the luxury of our minivan. Our 6- and 7-year-old daughters enjoyed the hands-on activity of seeing what they could fit into the covered wagon and what they would need to leave behind. The realistic displays with everything from authentic cowpies to buzzing insects and crackling fires were engaging and brought history alive for me. The most memorable parts, though were a singing cowboy show in the auditorium and all the covered wagons circled up outdoors.

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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
“I felt like I was there on the Oregon trail 150 years ago!”
Reviewed October 12, 2009

This was an amazing experience. As soon as you enter, you make your way along a life-sized exhibit of a wagon train, pausing along the way to hear the comments of the people spoken in their own voices. Sometimes it was confusing and/or hard to hear, because there were people ahead of us triggering other voices. We arrived an hour from closing time, so had to rush through some of the exhibit, so if you go, allow at least 2 hours.

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54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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“Well worth your time.”
Reviewed August 6, 2009

Visited on 90+ degree day so didn't walk down to see the ruts from the wagons on the trails, but thought the dioramas, etc, very life-like, and the narration overhead using quotes from journals and etc., very interesting. The black powder demonstration was well done by costumed intrepreter, and your visit needs to be timed to see the movie, which was also well done.

Thank HJ65
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Eastern Washington state
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Outstanding Attraction--Kids Would Love This!”
Reviewed June 29, 2009

This is a very family-friendly place. I suggest seeing the free movie before doing anything else, as it will really get you in the spirit. The walk thru the 'diorama' gives a very good idea of what those hardy pioneers were up against. The exhibits along the way are well-presented, informational without being boring or tedious.
You can hike down a paved path to see real, actual, authentic wagon wheel ruts! (I do not suggest this for young children, as it's about 4 miles round trip.) You need to be fairly fit to do this, and you absolutely should take a bottle of water along, and wear a hat, shades and sunscreen.
The gift shop is small and loaded with GOOD stuff.
There is an interactive room where kids can choose what items to put into their covered wagon (life-size), and work with magnetic words to create sentences on the wall.
If you can, plan to spend about 2 hours there. You won't get bored!

1 Thank DaisyDancer
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New Mexico
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Worth a Stop”
Reviewed June 25, 2009

The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is well worth a two hour visit. If you're short on time, you can get by with an hour. The real life displays are very well done and give you an idea of what life was like on the Oregon Trail. However, to get a real feel for it, watch the hour long movie that's presented. It's quite realistic. If you plan on hiking the 4 mile roundtrip trail to the overlook and wagon and trail ruts, plan on a longer stay at the center. Hiking the trail is for fit people only as it is at least a 35 minute hike down hill and another 45 minutes back up hill. You will need to wear a hat and take water with you and in the summer you need mosquito repellent.

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