National Frontier Trails Museum

We are currently working to reopen the National Frontier Trails Museum on a regular basis. However, until we get a new staff hired and trained, our hours will fluctuate.

Our current hours are as follows: 





Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Please note: Group tours can be arranged by appointment only. Please reach out to to arrange a group tour.

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.