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National Orphan Train Complex

300 Washington St, Concordia, KS 66901-1716
+1 785-243-4471
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Heart wrenching story that surprised me even though I had read a book about it! Must see this if... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Anita O
Overland Park, Kansas, United States
Fascinating glimpse into a little known chapter of US history

We were intrigued by the billboards advertising the Orphan Train museum on I-70 and decided to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Baltimore, Maryland
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300 Washington St, Concordia, KS 66901-1716
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Heart wrenching story that surprised me even though I had read a book about it! Must see this if you are nearby Concordia

Thank Anita O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were intrigued by the billboards advertising the Orphan Train museum on I-70 and decided to visit. We knew absolutely nothing about the hundreds of thousands of orphaned and abandoned children who were exported from East Coast cities to small farm towns over the course...More

Thank Wanderlust777
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Concordia KS is a very welcoming town with much to share. Top on my list is the Orphan Train museum, which tells the story of the govt program that transported orphaned or neglected NYC children across the country on trains to be picked over and...More

Thank PepperMarsh
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Kudo's to Concordia, Kansas for having the National Orphan Train Complex. This is quite a distinction for a small Kansas community and you should be very proud of it. We weren't all that informed when we arrived but after viewing the informational film before our...More

Thank babyt102010
Reviewed 31 March 2017

The museum is not large, but contains enough information and exhibits to understand the "orphan train" event. Viewing the video prior to visiting the museum was very helpful. Even more helpful was talking to volunteers who work at the complex. They are a wealth of...More

Thank JanP461
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

I was not aware of the Orphan Train which relocated orphan children from the East Coast to rural Midwestern homes. Highly recommend a visit to this complex. The introduction video is very informative and the exhibits are well documented. Staff was informed and helpful. Glad...More

Thank Cindy L
Reviewed 16 December 2016

I was aware of the Orphan Train because I have a distant relative who was adopted through this movement, so I entered the complex already extremely interested in the topic at hand. There is an excellent gift shop that has almost everything published on the...More

Thank SueZet80
Reviewed 11 November 2016

Although I read something a long time ago, I learned so much about the national situation at the time the Orphan Trains developed (and thought of current issues). Some of the stories are heart-wrenching. This ought to be taught in public schools as part of...More

Thank Rollin D
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Noticed a billboard for the Orphan Train Museum and decided to check it out after reading the book. Very interesting! They were very informative and helpful.

Thank nancylee54
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Even though we have lived within an hour of this museum we had not visited it until yesterday. What an experience. As a trained historian I was mesmerized by the true stories of orphans who were put on to trains and sent west both to...More

Thank Glenn W
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Celeste G
My husbands grandmother came to Illinois on the Orphan train and was taken by a family. We know their name and would there be any other information that we might get in regards to who her parents were and where she may have been born? Her name was Mary Corliss Brinkman and some information that we have been able to find says that she was taken to be their maid and was never adopted by the Brinkmans but that was the name she gave when she got married. We plan on visiting soon and were wondering what information we might be able to get or give.
26 September 2016|
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Response from Glenn W | Reviewed this property |
I don't know that answer but I do know who to ask. Contact Lori Halfhide, head researcher at the museum. She will know their capabilities.
Susan T
a quick question about the Orphan Train Museum. You mentioned that it wasn't very handicap accessible--I use a mobility scooter-is there room to scoot around? thanks , Susan
8 November 2015|
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Response from sharonhoblit | Reviewed this property |
Not sure what I said, there must have been a reason, but it seems the other responses indicate that it is fine. Great museum, do highly recommend it and be sure to check out all that Concordia, Kansas has to offer. Sharon