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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
12:30 - 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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Tells the story of traveling west in the 19th c

The museum presents the story of westward expansion, much of which started in western MO. Several of the important trails ran through Independence. The museum is fully wheelchair... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Niagara Falls, New York
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Niagara Falls, New York
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum presents the story of westward expansion, much of which started in western MO. Several of the important trails ran through Independence. The museum is fully wheelchair accessible. The exhibits attempt to tell the story from several perspectives. No matter who you were the trips West were difficult!

Thank hersee3
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151 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Independence, Missouri is one of the jumping off points for the trails to Oregon, California and Santa Fe. This museum is a great way to learn about the hardships of travel before the railroad put an end to wagon trains. Told through videos, pictures and journal entries of travelers, you will leave amazed at the strength and courage of those... More 

Thank Jammaco
Independence, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is definitely a museum worth visiting. The staff and volunteers are so welcoming, informative, and helpful. I visited the museum for the first time with a group of kids. I will go back on my own where I can move around at a more leisurely pace and take in more of the history of Independence and the Frontier Trails.... More 

Thank travelsamc
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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.

Thank Scott N
Portland, OR
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
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 

Thank 1oldmanriver
Austin, AR
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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.

Thank Harry B
Williamstown NJ
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212 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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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56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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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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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