National Frontier Trails Museum

Follow the nation’s expansion along the Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails at the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence, Missouri.

The museum tells the story of the exploration, acquisition, and settlement of the American West. An award-winning introductory film prepares visitors for the interpretive exhibits which guide them along the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California Trails. Quotations from trail diaries are extensively used, allowing pioneer travelers to tell of their experiences in their own words.

National Frontier Trails Museum is the nation's only historic site certified for five National Historic Trails connected to the westward expansion of the U.S.: Santa Fe, Oregon, California, Mormon, and Lewis and Clark.

Contact Information

318 W Pacific

Independence, MO 64050

Phone: 816-325-7575


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Group Meeting Room

Group Tours




Water Fountain

Wheel Chair Accessible