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“If you are interested at all in the western trails, a must see”

Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters
Ranked #16 of 127 things to do in Omaha
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 August 2014 via mobile

Florence, Nebraska and the Missouri River Valley were a major stop on the Mormon and western trails. This center does a very good job of telling the Mormon Trail history of the migration to Salt Lake. There is an informative film, an art gallery and many original pioneer artifacts that cannot be found elsewhere. The staff was friendly and helpful. While there, take a stroll across the street at the winter quarters cemetery and the LDS temple. Also, if you drive across Mormon Bridge (an old ferry site across the Missouri River), you can visit the Kanesville Tabernacle in Council Bluffs. Kanesville played perhaps an even greater role in the westward migration.

4  Thank joshuaj104
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

We stopped by on a quick visit as we drove cross country.

Missionaries from the Mormon church staff the museum and one of them essentially take you on a tour of the museum, pointing things out and giving you more information.

First you are encouraged to watch a 15 minute movie, which was very moving and gave you some context for the museum.

Our guide was particularly patient with our 9 and 11 year old sons who never stop being crazy and our twin one year olds who are also crazy. My big boys especially liked being able to "load" their own miniature wagons and they liked exploring the cabin inside the museum that is similar to ones that the pioneers lived in while at Winter Quarters. There wasn't anywhere to let my toddlers out of the stroller where they wouldn't destroy anything, which I'd expected so it was fine, just be aware.

It's a well done, clean and free museum that really gives you a sense of the sacrifices these people went through to feel safe and be able to live their religion.

There are picnic tables in a shaded area outside.

6  Thank crayolabird
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

This is a great place to visit to understand the westward migration of the Mormons, after they left Nauvoo. You can view the many historical displays on your own but there are many young LDS missionaries who are there to walk you through the center, explaining everything and capable of answering your every question. In addition to the young missionaries, there are senior couples who you might have as your guide. It's well worth a couple of hours. And then, certainly, you can walk across the street to view the Winter Quarters Temple and an adjacent cemetery that was used to bury approx 400 saints. If you had an ancestor who died in Winter Quarters, they have the information available to tell you if there's a record of your ancestor. You can also visit the Kanesville Tabernacle across the river in Council Bluffs but it seemed to be limited to telling mostly the story of the Mormon Battalion. You can do both in an afternoon but I'd recommend you focus on your visit to Winter Quarters.

3  Thank fallfan54
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Everyone was very helpful and they even took my information so that a private individual who volunteers their time, could continue to look for my ancestors.

5  Thank oceangrlz
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

We stopped by here for a quick visit during our drive from Wisconsin to Utah. We let the missionaries know how much time we had, and they were respectful of our time restraints. The museum has great, informative exhibits, and they were several hands-on areas for our children to enjoy. It was great to learn about the history of the place and the sister missionary that gave as a tour was delightful. We also explored the pioneer cemetery across the street and the temple on the adjacent grounds is small but beautiful.

3  Thank wishesUT
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