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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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Junior Ranger Dream

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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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38 attraction reviews
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
70 helpful votes 70 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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95 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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103 reviews 103 reviews
26 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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Granger, Indiana
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70 reviews 70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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32 attraction reviews
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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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