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National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

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Address: 22267 Oregon Highway 86, Baker City, OR
Phone Number: +1 541-523-1843
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09:00 - 16:00
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The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers living...

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.

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Oregon Trail Well Explained

Realistic exhibits. Audio-Visual throughout, as well as well-written placards and signs. Very educational and informative. Something for every age level. Lots of authentic... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Arlington, Oregon
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Arlington, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Realistic exhibits. Audio-Visual throughout, as well as well-written placards and signs. Very educational and informative. Something for every age level. Lots of authentic artifacts. Well worth the 5-mile drive out of town.

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center was by far the best museum on our trip of the US Northwest. Both we and our kids enjoyed the hours here. The exhibition was both touching and informative. Go there if you are close!

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Portland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best histories of the Oregon Trail. Great exhibits, informative videos and interesting activities make this a great place for kids and adults alike. Trails outside lead past a gold mine and parts of the Oregon Trail. A must-see for history buffs.

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Exceptionally well done exhibits and information regarding the Oregon Trail and especially the area around Baker. Well worth the slight detour from the freeway passing through the Baker area.

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Meridian, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The "life like" panorama of families, guides, Conestoga wagons, hand carts was extremely well done and educational. There are several mini-theaters with tableaux depicting scenes of the early West and a much larger theater with scheduled time shows. The entire center is spotless with a helpful and knowledgeable staff. The is shopping area, snack bar and clean restrooms. Huge windows... More 

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Tigard, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This museum takes you back along the trail through displays, models and exhibits of what the pioneers experienced from the plains through the Rockies to Oregon. Be sure to walk the wagon wheel ruts outside of the museum.

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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

The museum is informative, but nothing out of the ordinary or extraordinary. Our kids weren't impressed at all and therefore we didn't hike all the way out to the wagon tracks which I wanted to see. Maybe if there were more for kids to do we would have been more impressed, but it was not very interactive and kind of... More 

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Avalon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

There is a good video and interesting exhibit area showing the hardships early settlers had to endure to get to their new homeland. Good history lesson for children of all ages.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

This museum provides an interesting history of the brave pioneers who made the almost 2000 mile journey from Missouri to Oregon. It makes one appreciate the hardships endured. Two of the things I really enjoyed seeing were the movie about the journey and also going down below the museum to see the wagon ruts which are still present. There is... More 

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Pahrump, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Really informative! The trails through the indigenous vegetation taught me more than expected. Tip: drive back to the road to walk the lower trails. I hiked down and back up, when leaving I noticed the lower parking.

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