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.Use our Montpelier tour planner to add National Oregon / California Trail Center and other attractions to your Montpelier vacation plans.
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
National Oregon / California Trail Center reviews
We drove from Texas, building our vacation around this museum. We had checked the website for days and hours of operation. We arrived only to find a sign saying it's closed until the end of the... more »
We were so bummed when we pulled into the parking lot to find a sign indicating they were closed! Totally understandable to be closed at this point but we had checked and double checked the website... more »
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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