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Museum of Westward Expansion

11 N. Fourth Street, Saint Louis, MO 63102 (Downtown)
314-655-1700
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Ranked #66 of 150 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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English first
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93 reviews 93 reviews
91 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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 reviews 5 reviews
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
32 helpful votes 32 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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112 reviews 112 reviews
32 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
78 helpful votes 78 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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Senior Contributor
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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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 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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45 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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