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Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum

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Address: 12593 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161-3858
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This museum documents the fascinating and tragic history of the Donner...

This museum documents the fascinating and tragic history of the Donner Party's journey to the west coast.

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This was our first visit since the opened the new visitors center, which gives and excellent introduction to the historical events that occurred here in the mid 1800's. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our first visit since the opened the new visitors center, which gives and excellent introduction to the historical events that occurred here in the mid 1800's. The visitors centers and hiking trails are free, but they do charge a $5 parking fee.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you remember the history of Donner Pass, you will want to visit this location. The museum and the way they tell the story is great. Very well detailed and follows a time line. There's a short movie as well to affiliate you with the history. Donner Lake is nearby as well as a historic bridge worth going to see,... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped at the museum on our way through. It was interesting to understand the history of this mountain pass. It started with the Donner Party and their struggles in the mid 1800's. What was interesting is it's historical importance to the railroad and the first highways in the country.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great place to take a hike along the lake or sit on the beach. The water is a little cold, so only suitable for swimming on hot days. Views of the lake and mountains are terrific. The history display of the Donner Party is interesting. Some good nature exhibit along the hiking trails.

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Huntington, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a ski day off and decided to do a little sightseeing here. We found the museum and even the movie informative and interesting. Wish we had more time to enjoy the nature portion of the park.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place provides deep information about the history of Lake Donner, the Donner passage, the families who migrate from the East to California, and their fates. You will also learn about the strong Chinese workers who built the rail for the railroad to make possible the trip by train - and how immigration officials blocked them to become citizens for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful place to hike as well as find out about the Donner Party. You can also hike to Donner Lake and find tons to do there.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's just beside the highway, onces inside memorial housed inside the lodge like architecture, You can see a short 30min film on the Donner Party, it's a remainder back when we had no mechanical help we are always at the mercy of weather and terrain. There is a showcase of the carriage wheels, tools and weapons avail and the amount... More 

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Truckee, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

This state park is awesome, it sits on the east shore of Donner Lake, has camping, fishing, boating, hiking trails, creeks & streams, beaches and lagoons to lazily float on! The historical museum is a must see for first time visitors, it will give you an appreciation of our local history, and it's all in the town of Truckee!!

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Rye, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Missed the museum the last time I was in the Tahoe area so it was great to finally be able to visit! It's small but full of local history and of the Donner Party. Informative exhibits and don't miss the movie. Easy to imagine how horrible their winter was because of all the snow the area received in January. Unthinkable... More 

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