Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters, Omaha

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Witness glimpses of the great "Mormon Migration" as you walk beside a covered wagon, pull a handcart, climb in the bunks on a steam ship, and imagine a railroad journey. Exhibits also explore the expulsion from Nauvoo, crossing Iowa, and temporary settlements in the Middle Missouri Valley, including Winter Quarters. Located adjacent to the Mormon Pioneer Cemetery dating from 1846 to 1848.

This page is sponsored and maintained by the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is intended to provide helpful information about this visitors' center. This page is not intended as an official statement of any views or policies of the Church. For further information about the Church, please visit mormon.org.
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  • there is a little piece of history here from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints. they are open 10-8 and very friendly, kid friendly too.  more »
  • We visited the Trail Center at Winter Quarters when we were passing through Omaha. The missionary couple working that day greeted us warmly and gave us a wonderful personal tour ( we were the only...  more »
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  • Our innkeeper suggested this place because of the historical significance, and it was definitely interesting especially because we are not Mormons. They greeted us like long lost friends and seemed genuinely excited to give us the tour. It takes about 25-30 minutes. The tour describes the inception of the Mormon religion, the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, the persecution of the Mormons in Illinois where the religion began and the exodus led by Brigham Young toward the West. The exhibits are great, and the guides explained everything very well. We learned so much.
  • The Museum is very well done and it is easy to learn a lot about early pioneer life as the Mormons travelled west toward Salt Lake City. I've been to the museum many times and had very positive experiences. A docent (usually Mormon Sisters) walk around, showing you the exhibits and telling you the story of their pilgrimage. On my last visit, with my class of kiddos, they were over the top about sharing the religious aspects of the museum. On most other visits, they address it, but focus a bit more on the pioneer life - the hand cart, how harsh the winter weather was, etc. For many, many years the basement of the museum was used for gingerbread house displays. It was a free event that was a wondeful family event. Some houses were made by second graders and some were made by people that likely made gingerbread houses for a living - they were so clever, thoughtful and interesting. I was so sad when they decided not to continue the Gingerbread displays in 2019. It was a great way for people outside the Mormon community to get to know more about the faith and the people who belong to the faith. Perhaps they will decide to bring it back in the fiture.

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