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“A Must See”

Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Pendleton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The institute chronicles tribal heritage and the impact of Western migration from the Native American perspective.
Salem, Oregon
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22 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A Must See”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

We have many museums, waysides, and interpretive centers that share information on the Oregon Trail, but none that do a better job of showing that migration in the view of the Native Americans that already inhabited the west than the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. I took two of my grandchildren on a trip to travel the Oregon Trail when the oldest was going into 4th grade. She would be studying the Oregon trail that year and the younger one the next. We traveled the trail, both directions, from Portland south to California and then to St. Louis and then from St. Louis back to Portland. We stopped at dozens of museums, waysides, and centers and enjoyed the trip and walking in the actual wagon ruts along the way. I had never been to the Tamastslikt Center before and I was so glad we made the stop. The oldest child read every word on the walls and was challenged to think of the migration to Oregon from another point of view. It was a great addition to our trip into history. We plan to go back again with a new group of grandchildren this summer.

Visited August 2013
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Angwin, California
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful Museum”
Reviewed 11 January 2014

For an honest look at the Cayuse, Umatilla & Walla Walla indians, this museum is a must. Very interesting, narration is easy to understand. Great gift shop, too.

Visited November 2013
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Pendleton, Oregon, United States
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Always changing ...”
Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

With the change of attractions its always great to see this more than once a month, or go do a second look or even more, take your time and see something different every time, also a great place to have healthy food and awesome gift shop...

Visited November 2013
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Hagerstown, MD
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153 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Even Better then Expected”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed at our visit. We expected to enjoy it, but it so exceeded our expectations. We have visited other Native American/First Nation museums and have to say this is the best. Superb displays with just the right amount of depth in an elegant facility. We were also fortunate to catch the outstanding Andy Warhol exhibit. Just don't pass by here without stopping---you can't know what you are missing if you are a museum-goer like us.

Visited September 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Don't miss the Cultural Institute”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

Designed to give an in-depth look at the life and lore of the Indian Natives who have called this area home for hundreds of years you will be glad you spent an hour or two exploring Indian history andculture.

Visited September 2013
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