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Museum of Westward Expansion

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Address: 11 N. Fourth Street, Saint Louis, MO 63102
Phone Number: 314-655-1700
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Leisure education, Shopping
Description: This museum chronicles the hardships encountered during the overland...
This museum chronicles the hardships encountered during the overland migration of the 19th century, which shaped the American West.
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Kinda fun

This museum is kind of fun and interesting, though, I'll admit I found it to be reasonably average. If you're in the Arch, though, you might as well go in. I have some really... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Illinois
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Minneapolis, MN
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152 attraction reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

It was this museum, underneath the Gateway Arch, that convinced me to brave downtown St. Louis (under construction) traffic to visit the Arch itself. We were lucky to find a road to, and a parking attendant ($10) at, the Old Cathedral, right across the park from the Arch. We took a few pictures of the Arch, naturally, and then walked... More 

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Illinois
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27 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This museum is kind of fun and interesting, though, I'll admit I found it to be reasonably average. If you're in the Arch, though, you might as well go in. I have some really fun pics with friends there, so it's worth it for that, if nothing else.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We were not going to enter the museum, but because my daughter was on a quest to complete the Junior Ranger project, we had to walk through. What a wonderful, but small exhibit. We were able to view "life-size" animals and artifacts from the early days. I did not appreciate finding very little about slavery, which was a major portion... More 

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New York City
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12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I love history museums but what were they thinking when this was designed? The walls are covered with artifacts WITH NO INTERPRETATION, not even a description of what the item is. Is this supposed to be a scavenger hunt? Or they didn't want to overwhelm the mostly students it seems to be aimed at with things like facts or information.... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I live in St. Louis but had not visited the Arch in years. The museum has improved greatly. This museum is located beneath the Gateway Arch. It has galleries that tell the story of the United States' nineteenth century expansion from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. The museum contains an extensive collection of artifacts, including big as life... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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46 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The Museum of Western Expansion is free and worth every penny of its admission price. It is located in the base of the Gateway Arch. Unless you stop and read all the verbose cards the museum takes about 15 minutes to go through. The most interesting installation is the collection of Peace Medals. For a complete description of Peace Medals... More 

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Kirksville, Missouri
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The museum has a lot of neat little artifacts, but we honestly didn't have an idea where to start. The museum doesn't appear to be set up in a chronological fashion and there isn't really a path that you take to get through the whole thing. It just didn't seem very well thought out. With the construction going on around... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The museum is avaerage. Go thru Clark and Lewis expedition and some timelines for several history events.

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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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136 reviews 136 reviews
43 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

A brilliant presentation of the story of the western expansion of the USA. The only lapse of taste are the talking 'mannequins' near the exit, otherwise it is very well done and worth a visit.

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Lots of great artifacts, and I learned things too! Highly recommend as well as the movie on the building of the arch.

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