National Frontier Trails Museum

IMPORTANT - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Frontier Trails Museum is closed to the public until further notice. Rest assured, we are working on how we can reopen as soon as possible We apologize for any inconvenience. Please go to for more details.

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.