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Museum of Westward Expansion

11 N. Fourth Street, Saint Louis, MO 63102 (Downtown)
314-655-1700
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Ranked #68 of 147 attractions in Saint Louis
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Shopping, Leisure education
Description: This museum chronicles the hardships encountered during the overland migration of the 19th century, which shaped the American West.
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English first
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a free museum, that can help you pass the time while you wait for your tram ride to the top of the Arch. At the base of the arch, you walk down the stairs into the arch basement, where you can get tickets to the top. Across from the ticket counter is this museum. It really isn't anything... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This museum is not a complete waste of time, but pretty close to it. Very little interesting content, a lot of very fine-print text, few artifacts to appreciate. I will not be returning here.

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Little Rock, Mississippi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

It's a pretty cool museum, but my young kids were a bit bored with it, since it's a lot of look and read, without much interaction.

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Cricklade, England
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45 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

After you have been searched, airport style, to get into the 'under arch' area this museum is available - free of charge. It's got loads of exhibits - a bit of a strange sequence, but nevertheless well worth a visit if you have any interest in the Westward Expansion.

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Orlando, Florida
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68 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This is a large museum. It was good and filled with lots of info/artifacts but a lot of reading was required to really understand all of the exhibits. My kids enjoyed it, but I don't think they got as much out of it because they started to tune out. It was FREE though and I enjoyed it.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The museum under the arch was neat to see once, but I wouldn't do it again. For those who love the history of Indians, treaties, and how the west was formed through conflict and coins it might be worth a trip. I was lost. The artifacts are good. It took about an hour to see everything.

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Rochester, New York
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106 reviews 106 reviews
17 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Had a few hours to kill in St Louis and wandered around the Arch only to find the museum housed in the building under the Arch. Generally not a big museum fan but I found this place captivating. There's plenty of history about the expansion of the Western US as well as a well laid out documentation of Lewis and... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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34 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum under the Gateway Arch. It's not huge, but they pack a lot into a small area. The circular pattern of the museum is unusual, and exhibits were well done. Definitely worth the time while visiting the Gateway Arch!

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Bistrita, Romania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Do you want to return to your childhood and to be the kid who wandered with Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn along the river Mississippi ? Are you looking for excitement from about 600 foot high ? Do you want to meet Lewis, Clark and some Native Americans? Then, Saint Louis is the perfect place. Great city, with great attractions!... More

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Olathe, Kansas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

A great display of our history. I do wish they explained more about what was what but we really enjoyed it. We actually went twice at my kids request so let that speak for itself. The Lewis and Clark movie was great!

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