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Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum

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The exhibits for the Donner Party is what I am reviewing here. The exhibits and film are probably... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wayne C
United States
Perfect for a relaxing experience

My companion and I had a very pleasant and leisurely walk around the lake, which is scenic and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Roseville, California
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This museum documents the fascinating and tragic history of the Donner Party's journey to the west coast.
12593 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161-3858
+1 530-582-7892
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibits for the Donner Party is what I am reviewing here. The exhibits and film are probably at 3 or 4 stars. What made it top - was when I asked a historical question as to the Donner Party- I was referred to a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank Wayne C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My companion and I had a very pleasant and leisurely walk around the lake, which is scenic and beautiful and then enjoyed the well appointed and very interesting museum tour. I learned a lot about the Donner party that I didn't know. Just a great...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mad1953
Reviewed 26 November 2018

The history of the Donner Party was very interesting. You won't need a lot of time to stop in and see the museum but it's worth the trip.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dwillenbring
Reviewed 23 November 2018 via mobile

We were in Reno for a conference and since I’ve heard a lot about the Donner party we made the drive to the state park. It is only about 30 minutes from Reno. There is a small museum at the park. The museum covers several...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank So_Cal_Illini_81
Reviewed 23 November 2018 via mobile

I wanted to come her for a while. It was a little disappointing. The museum was small and the exhibits were not that engaging. They showed a “movie” , but it seemed to be from 1970. There was a nice family friendly easy hike we...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sightseer53974351976
Reviewed 23 November 2018 via mobile

Site of the infamous Donner party, this museum is a great resource for information about the California emigrant road as travelled by Americans

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank medeawolff
Reviewed 20 November 2018 via mobile

After driving past it repeatedly, we pulled off the Interstate to view Donner Pass state park - it is worth the time - the story - of how a pioneer crew were stuck there over the winter and had to resort to desperate measures is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Connecticutwanders
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Amazing place to get info in one of the most iconic moments of American history.the museum is new and has something for every age. Don’t miss the movie about the Donner Party.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank cattarinateles
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

This park is highly recommended and we concur. Easy to find and the vision center has very informative displays. Don’t skip the videos about transportation and history- great information about railway and highways. Nice walk along the river to the lake and picnic spots along...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank KGfromMI
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

They did a great job with this museum. I highly recommend it to history buffs. You'll learn a lot about the tragic story of the Donner Party, the building of the railroad, summit tunnel, and Lincoln Highway. They also have a small theater with a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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26 March 2018|
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.
2 May 2017|
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Response from Ctan1965 | Reviewed this property |
Better check weather report. I'm in Singapore. 10000km away.
Isabel G
23 May 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