Western Historic Trails Center, Council Bluffs

#11 of 18 in Things to do in Council Bluffs
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Visitor Center
Embark on an adventure on the Lewis and Clark, Oregon, Oregon, Mormon, and California Trails.

Follow in the footsteps of early pioneers in Iowa to see what they saw on their adventures on the best-known trails in history. Enjoy exhibits, maps, films, and family-friendly events at the Lied Historical Building on the Path of Names, designed and built by the National Park Service.

Start your adventure with us.

Wednesday - Sunday

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Closed official state holidays

Admission is free
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  • Small but very well done, this place was a treat. Through light-up maps, rare old photos and excerpts from personal diaries, the stories of the Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail, and Lewis and Clark trail...  more »
  • A very interesting place to visit. The Center has lots of displays regarding the history of the area. The staff is very pleasant and knowledgeable. They even have live entertainment.
  • Lighting was terrible, hard to see and easily read exhibits and signs.

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