National Oregon / California Trail Center, Montpelier

4.4
#6 of 69 in Museums in Idaho
You and your family will become members of a simulated wagon train headed west and be guided by our Wagon Master and live cast of pioneers whose dialog and stories will make the adventure come alive! It's a fun and educational experience for the entire family.

Tours & Gift Shop Open Daily May 1st through September 30th

Gift Shop only open October 1- April 30th, Tuesday thru Friday 10 AM - 2 PM. Tours in winter by reservation only
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National Oregon / California Trail Center Reviews

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  • The town of Montpelier is to be commended for its citizens' effort to re-create an important part of its history and that of the American West. However, unfortunately there was Ilittle on display and....  more »
  • My tour stopped here enroute from Yellowstone to Salt Lake City. I was a very nice exhibit where people in period costumes take you thru a 30-40 minute simulated Oregon Trail journey. Very...  more »
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  • A fun experience and museum. The basement hosts a free to see museum with some pioneer-era things like spinning wheel, typewriters, books, swords, and sewing machines. There is a paid-for experience where they take you through a mercantile recreation prepping for the journey and a campsite that was informative and funny. It may cost more than it's worth, but seems ok once.
  • It's not cheap to get the full experience at this museum, but very, very worth it. The top floor had a wonderful quilt show at the time, and the basement lots of local artifacts that really gave you a feel for the early European settlers. The paid part of the tour is worth every penny--you get a feeling of what kind of sacrifices these settlers had to make. All set in lovely Montpelier, ID. Well worth the drive--we took an hour and stopped at Fossil Butte Nat Monument on the way home which was also fun.

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