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Museum of Westward Expansion

11 N. Fourth Street, Saint Louis, MO 63102 (Downtown)
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Ranked #61 of 137 attractions in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Bistrita, Romania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

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
5 reviews 5 reviews
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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Palo Alto, California
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162 reviews 162 reviews
45 attraction reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This isn't a museum it is a display, meant for a quick walk through. That being said it is a neat display but you aren't going to gain any knowledge. You don't learn anything here because there are no plaques explaining anything. There are some really nice displays like for example an old carriage, and I was like "what is... More

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Columbia, Missouri
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

My boyfriend and I visited the Museum of Westward Expansion on a recent trip to the Arch. It is totally free, and we thought we would try it out. It was a little disappointing. There were a few cool items, however, I didn't find it to be too interesting. It definitely isn't a place I would want to take any... More

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Centerville, Ohio
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1,050 reviews 1,050 reviews
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1,544 helpful votes 1,544 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

It seems to come as a surprise to many tourists, who visit the Arch that the wonderful Museum of Westward Expansion is located below the Arch. We have greatly enjoyed this attraction for years. In a post 9.11 world, expect security. Try Frankfurt airport, or any airport in China. We simply do not “get” the complaints of some folks. The... More

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Top Contributor
283 reviews 283 reviews
104 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

A great museum, full of lovely large scenic screens, animated figures, each telling you there story, and a wide range of subject matter.

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184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

The museum is fabulous with plaques, stories, dioramas, stuffed animals, U.S. timeline, the Lewis and Clark story, medals,living quarters , etc. There is something for all ages to see. Museum is free and is located under the Gateway Arch through north or south entrance. For a fee, there is a tram to the top, movie , etc. Since museum is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

As other reviewers have noted, once you get past the airport like security checkpoint, the underground complex of the Arch is modern and remarkable. Tickets counters are here, a reproduction general store, a "junk shop, " the free movie about how and why the Arch was constructed, and the wonderful museum which is also free. There are several lifesize prairie... More

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New Jersey
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102 reviews 102 reviews
49 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

This museum is free and is located underground beneath the famous Arch. Very nicely done, and gives a history of 1800s Western Expansion and more. Check it out if you are visiting the arch. No reason not to.

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Chicago, IL
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

After our visit to the top of the arch we decided to take a look at what was in the museum. It was free, so what did we have to loose? We really aren't the museum type so we quickly walked through all the exhibits and were on our way. There is a lot of history on display but it... More

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