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Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum

12593 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161-3858
+1 530-582-7892
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Worth a Visit!

This memorial was certainly worth a visit! We were impressed with the displays, and the 30 minute... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
janet583
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California
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Great museum about a tragic time

Highly recommend this stop along the highway. Worth the time to learn about this terrible point in... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
TravelingAnn91
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Frisco, Texas
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This museum documents the fascinating and tragic history of the Donner Party's journey to the west coast.
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12593 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161-3858
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+1 530-582-7892
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This memorial was certainly worth a visit! We were impressed with the displays, and the 30 minute movie should be a part of your visit. Really explains the journey and the difficulties encountered. If you have school age kids studying California history this will make...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Highly recommend this stop along the highway. Worth the time to learn about this terrible point in US history and what the people of that time endured. Great exhibit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove about an hour from our condo in State Line, Nv. to visit this moving bit of history. Having known part of the story, we wanted to experience this firsthand. The information and monument were sobering and almost like a place of worship, knowing...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved my visit here. Seeing the monument was a powerful experience for me, the museum is great, the staff are very friendly and helpful, and there are nice trails around the park. The drive into the park also offers a beautiful view of the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit if you are a history buff. Very informative. Awesome monument to courageous people seeking a new life only to have it end in tragedy. Some trails you can hike , museum and visitor center.

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Reviewed April 15, 2018

Jump up and get breakfast cooking. It's time for a picnic getaway for the day. While the kids are eating breakfast, pack a delicious picnic. Grab some sweatshirts as dressing in layers is always a great idea in the Sierras. Bring plenty of water for...More

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

the are locked up in sacramento where you cant see them what a let down I was there in 1998 much better expereance I was told by a park ranger they had some artifacts but they were in a employee area I could not see...More

3  Thank Ted C
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Reviewed March 27, 2018 via mobile

My husband is a history guy so stopping here was a must. It’s really a great learning experience. The park is beautiful. In March of course there’s still plenty of snow. I can imagine the summer is gorgeous. Overall this park is worth it for...More

Thank Richelle N
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Reviewed March 15, 2018 via mobile

You can spend an hour here and enjoy it. If you have a little More time it will be worth it. The exhibits are top notch. The history of the railroad, the Indian culture, the Sierra and the building f the highway are all detailed....More

1  Thank calsun99
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Reviewed March 10, 2018

We were touring the area while staying ar Lake Tahoe. I grew up with California history in grade school in California thus coming here was very exciting for me. The park was well done and had much more than just info about the ill-fared Donner...More

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scrapygirl929
March 26, 2018|
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Response from Cavydad | Reviewed this property |
Depends on the weather and your ability to walk on uneven surfaces. Usually you can park near the lake, right off the highway.
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ERRN1
May 2, 2017|
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Response from Ctan1965 | Reviewed this property |
Better check weather report. I'm in Singapore. 10000km away.
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Isabel G
May 23, 2015|
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Response from Mhgaidin | Reviewed this property |
When we went to the Memorial there was just this box where you park to make a donation,so unsure as to the question.... We also went around 6 pm
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