Main Exhibit Galleries
The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center features 12,000 square feet of galleries that transport visitors along the 2,000 mile journey of the Oregon Trail, with life-size trail dioramas, replica wagons, and authentic artifacts. Photographs, artwork and three short closed captioned videos tell the story of the pioneers and the political and social background of the westward migration. Quotes pulled from the diaries of Oregon Trail emigrants are interwoven through the exhibit, using the words of the pioneers to describe the trek west.
The permanent exhibit galleries takes visitors through the experiences of preparing for the journey, life on the trail, interaction between emigrants and natives, dangers and challenges, settlement and homesteading in Oregon.
NHOTIC also hosts changing exhibits in the 1,500 square foot Flagstaff Gallery, presenting exhibits that explore a variety of themes related to westward migration and settlement.