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National Orphan Train Complex

300 Washington St, Concordia, KS 66901-1716
+1 785-243-4471
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Ataggerin amount of orphans rode the train

The into film gives an overall of the Orphan Train during its span and is well done. There are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Salina, Kansas
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I have read a lot on the orphan trains. This is a great place to learn of them and what the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Salina, Kansas
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The National Orphan Train Complex is a museum and research center located on the corner of Third and Washington Streets in Concordia, Kansas. The mission of the National Orphan Train Complex is to collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate knowledge about the orphan trains, and the children and agents who rode them. The museum’s collections, exhibitions, programming and research will engage riders, researchers, and the general public and create an awareness of the Orphan Train Movement.
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300 Washington St, Concordia, KS 66901-1716
+1 785-243-4471

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The into film gives an overall of the Orphan Train during its span and is well done. There are many pictures and story boards to illustrate this simple program to eliminate starvation on the east coast.

Thank s0ar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have read a lot on the orphan trains. This is a great place to learn of them and what the children went through. The staff was very knowledgeable.

Thank fastfriends78
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Orphan Train Museum was our original purpose for traveling to Concordia - 6 teachers who had seen a presentation and had read some books about this period of history. It didn't disappoint - but please allow at least 2 hours if you really want...More

Thank nanalibrarian
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We must admit that we were a bit clueless about this piece of American history and we were curious after seeing the billboards along the highway what it was so we detoured the few miles off our path to check it out. Boy are we...More

Thank TonyaH637
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They have put so much work into this museum and it shows! They have incredible visuals, photographs, videos, and stories to share. You can learn so much and do so at your own pace. The staff and volunteers are very knowledgeable, personable, and welcoming. It's...More

Thank lh2079
Reviewed 12 June 2017

A must see museum. Dedicated to the estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned and homeless children between 1850 and 1930, thanks to the efforts of Charles Loring Brace. While in school, I cannot remember ever reading of this migration of children. See the video before beginning the...More

Thank mch815
Reviewed 26 May 2017

We were acquainted with the stories of the orphan trains, but this small museum has done a superb job of putting faces to the stories. The caring docents were pleased to tell us about the history of the museum and how much this small community...More

Thank Jean67212
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Heart wrenching story that surprised me even though I had read a book about it! Must see this if you are nearby Concordia

Thank Anita O
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

We were intrigued by the billboards advertising the Orphan Train museum on I-70 and decided to visit. We knew absolutely nothing about the hundreds of thousands of orphaned and abandoned children who were exported from East Coast cities to small farm towns over the course...More

Thank Wanderlust777
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Concordia KS is a very welcoming town with much to share. Top on my list is the Orphan Train museum, which tells the story of the govt program that transported orphaned or neglected NYC children across the country on trains to be picked over and...More

Thank PepperMarsh
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Celeste G
26 September 2016|
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Response from Glenn W | Reviewed this property |
I don't know that answer but I do know who to ask. Contact Lori Halfhide, head researcher at the museum. She will know their capabilities.
Susan T
9 November 2015|
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Response from sharonhoblit | Reviewed this property |
Not sure what I said, there must have been a reason, but it seems the other responses indicate that it is fine. Great museum, do highly recommend it and be sure to check out all that Concordia, Kansas has to offer. Sharon