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Film and Exhibits

Begin your visit by viewing the museum's introductory film, "West," a 17-minute movie that offers an overview of America's westward expansion. 

The museum's exhibit gallery recreates the story of those who traveled the trails with excerpts from original journals and diaries, illustrations and artifacts. The exhibits also include the explorations of Lewis and Clark, the vital role of fur trappers and traders, and the unique story of Mormons looking for religious freedom. 

Most visitors take about 1 to 1½ hours to tour the exhibits.   

Gift Shop

  • The museum gift shop has an extensive collection of trails-related merchandise for all ages.
  • We have souvenirs, books, maps, prints, toys, games, t-shirts and much more.

Group Tours

The museum welcomes your group tour. To book a group tour call 816-325-7575.
Interested in visiting multiple Independence historic sites, contact Pele Schuster at 816-325-7576 or

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Covered Wagon Tour

Add to your museum experience by taking a covered wagon tour! Wagon tours are provided by Pioneer Trails Adventures. Wagon tours are seasonal and subject to weather conditions.

Covered wagon pulled by mules with people smiling