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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: Shopping, Leisure education
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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A great distraction from the Arch wait time

The museum is an amusing way to spend your time waiting to go up in the Arch. Recently the museum was renovated, creating a chronological ring of events that is a bit confusing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Troy, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The museum is an amusing way to spend your time waiting to go up in the Arch. Recently the museum was renovated, creating a chronological ring of events that is a bit confusing - it seemed like they were still working out a few kinks in the timeline when I visited in September 2014.

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Louisville, Kentucky
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a very nice place to visit! Who knew it is right underneath the Arch? A lot of history you don't get in history books is here, and the displays are awesome!

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NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

A museum under the Arch that gets into the U.S. expansion to the west. Lewis and Clark obviously gets a lot of play. Definitely worth doing if you're visiting the arch.

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Rogers, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The place tells the story of the us expansion west of the Mississippi river. Louis and Clark are the main topic, with lots about the places and people they met. But it also tell the story of the building of the arch in a movie that is a must see. If your are going to the arch, stop in for... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma, United States
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I was disappointed I couldn't stay longer at this museum. The exhibits were extremely informative on the how and why of living west of the Mississippi. It give me a visual understanding of what was going on before my home state, Oklahoma, became a state in 1904. As an attorney, I loved the various exhibits of documents and legal artifacts... More 

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McLouth, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is an awesome Museum, with tons of neat stuff to look at and read. Their little store they have also has some neat stuff to purchase. The family and I had a great time.

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Minneapolis, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 242 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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Additional Information about Museum of Westward Expansion

Address: 11 N. Fourth Street, Saint Louis, MO 63102
Phone Number: 314-655-1700
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Saint Louis>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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