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“Museum - Disappointing ”

Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum
Ranked #1 of 55 things to do in Truckee
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Owner description: This museum documents the fascinating and tragic history of the Donner Party's journey to the west coast.
Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

We specifically went to Dinner Memorial State Park to go to the Emigrant Trail Museum. Being fairly local we have studied California History and the local history. Seeing as my daughter had finished grade 4 - she knows all about the Donner Party and even Patty Reid's Doll. We thought this would be a more interactive and multi age friendly museum to wrap up the history lesson ( we waited a year for museum renovation). It was highly disappointing as it was small, heavy to reading signs and not much on the way of interactive displays or real information relating to the plight of the Donner Party.
I certainly would not recommend going out of your way to see this museum.

Thank Ally G
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Recommend for an outdoor experience close to Truckee. Swimming, and boating etc. in Donner Lake. Great camping experience and lots of trails to enjoy-from walking along the lake to strenuous hikes that connect with the Pacific Crest Trail. A visit to the former quarry to is a fun walk, also.

In winter the park is enjoyable for snowshoeing and cross county skiing.

Thank Grandpargus
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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

My Grandpa was one of the first forest rangers at this State Park. So to bring my daughter and granddaughters here was such a pleasure. I used to run around the museum and climb the statue as a young child and roam all around the park...The museum is now rebuilt and the old museum is staff quarters...so much improvement. I love the history of the Donner Party. So many trails to walk on and so much beauty. This is so worth your time!! There is a small parking fee and entrance fee to the museum so prepare.

Thank Dianna N
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

Donner Memorial Park is a fantastic place to visit. The new (and older) Museums are absolutely awesome, and work to educate folks on local history as well as the Donner Party. Great camping and lake access as well.

1  Thank SugarBowlSanta
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

A very moving & inspiring memorial to people’s determination.The car park was excellent & the museum was most interesting.The trail was very informative.
A place to reflect on human nature.

1  Thank Roger B
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