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National Orphan Train Complex

300 Washington St, Concordia, KS 66901-1716
+1 785-243-4471
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Definitely go check out the National Orphan Train Complex!

They have put so much work into this museum and it shows! They have incredible visuals... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Manhattan, Kansas
Orphan Train Movement

A must see museum. Dedicated to the estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned and homeless children... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Norman, Oklahoma
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The National Orphan Train Complex is a museum and research center located on the corner of Third and Washington Streets in Concordia, Kansas. The mission of the National Orphan Train Complex is to collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate knowledge about the orphan trains, and the children and agents who rode them. The museum’s collections, exhibitions, programming and research will engage riders, researchers, and the general public and create an awareness of the Orphan Train Movement.
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300 Washington St, Concordia, KS 66901-1716
+1 785-243-4471

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Reviewed 2 days ago

They have put so much work into this museum and it shows! They have incredible visuals, photographs, videos, and stories to share. You can learn so much and do so at your own pace. The staff and volunteers are very knowledgeable, personable, and welcoming. It's...More

Thank lh2079
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see museum. Dedicated to the estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned and homeless children between 1850 and 1930, thanks to the efforts of Charles Loring Brace. While in school, I cannot remember ever reading of this migration of children. See the video before beginning the...More

Thank mch815
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were acquainted with the stories of the orphan trains, but this small museum has done a superb job of putting faces to the stories. The caring docents were pleased to tell us about the history of the museum and how much this small community...More

Thank Jean67212
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Heart wrenching story that surprised me even though I had read a book about it! Must see this if you are nearby Concordia

Thank Anita O
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

We were intrigued by the billboards advertising the Orphan Train museum on I-70 and decided to visit. We knew absolutely nothing about the hundreds of thousands of orphaned and abandoned children who were exported from East Coast cities to small farm towns over the course...More

Thank Wanderlust777
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Concordia KS is a very welcoming town with much to share. Top on my list is the Orphan Train museum, which tells the story of the govt program that transported orphaned or neglected NYC children across the country on trains to be picked over and...More

Thank PepperMarsh
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Kudo's to Concordia, Kansas for having the National Orphan Train Complex. This is quite a distinction for a small Kansas community and you should be very proud of it. We weren't all that informed when we arrived but after viewing the informational film before our...More

Thank babyt102010
Reviewed 31 March 2017

The museum is not large, but contains enough information and exhibits to understand the "orphan train" event. Viewing the video prior to visiting the museum was very helpful. Even more helpful was talking to volunteers who work at the complex. They are a wealth of...More

Thank JanP461
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

I was not aware of the Orphan Train which relocated orphan children from the East Coast to rural Midwestern homes. Highly recommend a visit to this complex. The introduction video is very informative and the exhibits are well documented. Staff was informed and helpful. Glad...More

Thank Cindy L
Reviewed 15 December 2016

I was aware of the Orphan Train because I have a distant relative who was adopted through this movement, so I entered the complex already extremely interested in the topic at hand. There is an excellent gift shop that has almost everything published on the...More

Thank SueZet80
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Celeste G
My husbands grandmother came to Illinois on the Orphan train and was taken by a family. We know their name and would there be any other information that we might get in regards to who her parents were and where she may have been born? Her name was Mary Corliss Brinkman and some information that we have been able to find says that she was taken to be their maid and was never adopted by the Brinkmans but that was the name she gave when she got married. We plan on visiting soon and were wondering what information we might be able to get or give.
26 September 2016|
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Response from Glenn W | Reviewed this property |
I don't know that answer but I do know who to ask. Contact Lori Halfhide, head researcher at the museum. She will know their capabilities.
Susan T
a quick question about the Orphan Train Museum. You mentioned that it wasn't very handicap accessible--I use a mobility scooter-is there room to scoot around? thanks , Susan
8 November 2015|
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Response from sharonhoblit | Reviewed this property |
Not sure what I said, there must have been a reason, but it seems the other responses indicate that it is fine. Great museum, do highly recommend it and be sure to check out all that Concordia, Kansas has to offer. Sharon