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National Frontier Trails Museum

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Address: 318 W. Pacific, Independence, MO 64050-4372
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+1 816-325-7575
09:00 - 16:30
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Sun 12:30 - 16:30
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Museum specializing in information about the historic trails that pioneers...

Museum specializing in information about the historic trails that pioneers took westward.

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Very Informative - Unique

Excellent historical perspective on type of people, length trails to the west were used prior to advent of railroad system, biographic information, documents, pictures, and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 December 2016
Portland, OR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The museum tell the story of the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon Trails. My son could get extra credit for a high school history class if he visited this museum. Glad he wanted the credit. We enjoyed the exhibits and the film Spent over an hours there and will take out of town visitors there in the future.

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Portland, OR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Excellent historical perspective on type of people, length trails to the west were used prior to advent of railroad system, biographic information, documents, pictures, and artifacts. Well displayed in a space that you can "consume" in an hour or so to gain a much better perspective of the times, people, and events of not only the Oregon Trail, but those... More 

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Austin, AR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Lots of neat artifacts from frontier times. Very friendly staff. Be sure and see the movie. The wagon ride was closed due to cold weather so be aware that it may not be openIHG you go in the winter.

Thank Buddha1978
Livermore, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

The museum adequately focuses on the jumping off point of four trails. It discusses the routes and the excess (thought necessary) loads starting out. The railway depot caught my interest. I visited in 2008 on a rainy day ... which made for good photos without glare.

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Williamstown NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We found this museum very interesting, Very informative intro film and lots of displays. We did not know Independence Mo was the starting point for many of the frontier trails. Our ancestors really had it tough heading out West and had lots of courage to build a better life for themselves. We learned a lot and glad we visited and... More 

Thank jmjbrtw
Neligh, Nebraska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Not what we expected. Old film about the trails. Enjoy a walk through history of the west. I was disappointed in expecting a blacksmith and other activities.

Thank tchelle1111
Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

I did not anticipate that I would enjoy the museum as much as I did. I learned a lot about the westward movement. Well worth your time.

Thank cethies
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

It was iteresting to see what it look took to finance a trip out west. The cost of everything you needed and what you ended up leavig oon the trail.

Thank Sherie C
Reno, Nevada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We had a couple of hours to kill one afternoon and this is where we choose to visit. It was just right for the time we had and not very expensive. But, the museum is smaller than we anticipated. Still, there is good information and you get a good feel for the settlers who passed thru the area and the... More 

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Powder Springs, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Westward Ho!! This area of Missouri became the launch point for all trails west - the Santa Fe, the Oregon, the Mormon trail and the California trail (the latter two apparently traveled Oregon awhile and then split apart). The museum offers a dated film that does explain the trails. The museum has a couple of full size wagons and a... More 

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