Located in Casper, Wyoming, the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is a free museum dedicated to educating visitors on the experiences for those traveling the Oregon Trail during the Westward Migration. The museum is filled with life-size dioramas showcasing various life events that would have been experienced by travelers. Life was hard, and the displays help relate this to visitors.
A multi-media presentation plays across the walls, and seating is plentiful with platforms stationed throughout the arena. Here you can hear the stories, and get a better understanding of the reasons so many people chose to face the overwhelming dangers to seek out a new life in the west.
As you make your way through the National Historic Trails building you have opportunities to get a realistic feel for the experiences the travelers faced on an almost daily schedule. Climb aboard a stagecoach, and imagine the long hours inside this bumpy carriage traveling from one point to another.
At another station visitors can sit in a covered wagon as a media presentation shows the excitement of a river crossing. This exhibit is especially entertaining for kids.
For those traveling through the region, the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center should be a must stop. It is a great break from the road, and offers an educational view of life before electronics. By the time your visit is complete you will have lots of fuel for conversations on the open road, as well as a greater respect for the hardships our ancestors experienced.