National Oregon / California Trail Center, Montpelier

#6 of 69 in Museums in Idaho
Must see · History Museum · Museum
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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  • A great place to stop on your way west towards Salt Lake City from the Grand Teton's and Jackson Hole. The folks hosting this original way-stop along the "Trail" are very friendly, knowledgeable, and....  more »
  • Arrived shortly before opening day so we were one of the first visitors of the year. Texas Jeff conducted our exclusive tour. He was great as was the museum. It was amazing to see all the original....  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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