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Museum of Westward Expansion

11 N. Fourth Street, Saint Louis, MO 63102 (Downtown)
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Ranked #67 of 148 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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Granger, Indiana
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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is a good place to visit while you're waiting for your tram ride to the top of the arch. Has some interesting items, but not everything is labeled.

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San Francisco, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
31 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The best thing about this free museum is the photograph collection. There is also a large collection of medals that were given to the Native Americans. There is a covered wagon, which is interesting. There isn't much else, however. Interesting, but not great, but it is free...

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Iola, Kansas
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110 reviews 110 reviews
60 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The Museum is a National Park complex known as Jefferson National Expansion and is below the Gateway Arch. The museum tells the story of our nations expansion West and specifically the exploration of the Louisiana Purchase. Great learning experience and kids earned their Junior Ranger badges as well.

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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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80 reviews 80 reviews
45 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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146 reviews 146 reviews
71 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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115 reviews 115 reviews
18 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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