National Frontier Trails Museum

IMPORTANT - On March 12, 2020, the City of Independence declared a State of Emergency. Out of an abundance of caution for the public health, the National Frontier Trails Museum has been temporarily closed to the public. All classes, programs and events have been postponed. Please visit for updates as this situation evolves. If you have questions about refunds, rentals or membership, please call 816-325-7575 or email Staff will respond to your question as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

About Us

The National Frontier Trails Museum is a history museum, interpretive center, and research library dedicated to telling the rich history of America’s principle, pioneering trails, including the Oregon, Santa Fe and California trails. We're located in Independence, Missouri, a key starting point for hundreds of thousands of pioneers who risked their livelihoods for a new life in the American West.


The museum is located south of the Historic Independence Square, 3.3 miles north of I-70.