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Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

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Address: 3060 East 1st Stree, Kearney, NE 68847
Phone Number: 308 237 1000; 877 511 ARCH
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Spanning Interstate 80 - formerly the Great Platte River Road - that...

Spanning Interstate 80 - formerly the Great Platte River Road - that connects east to west, this archway holds 79,000 square feet of exhibits on the route's evolution and importance.

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Outstanding - not just another roadside attraction

This museum is top tier - it exceeded my expectations and we will remember it forever. We stayed in Kearney with two littles for two nights during a trip between Denver and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Dina G
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is top tier - it exceeded my expectations and we will remember it forever. We stayed in Kearney with two littles for two nights during a trip between Denver and Chicago, and we were blown away by the excellence of this museum, the friendliness of the staff, and the town in general. We plan to make Kearney a... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Extremely well done museum of the westward expansion. Well worth the admission fee and an hour of your time!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

This museum is awesome! I wasn't sold on it until we went in and checked it out. The self-guided tour is the best part. Educational and a nice break from I80 travel. Wish it got more attention but that's hard in the middle-of-nowhere, Nebraska.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We have traveled extensively across the US, sightseeing from Maine to Florida to California to Texas, etc. This is the BEST sightseeing attraction that we have visited in all of those years. It tells the story of the westward migration from the early settlers to the building of Route 80 and the fiber optic information highway. This monument, which spans... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Wow this place is truly impressive. Inexpensive and tremendously rewarding in it's effort to help any age person understand the trials and travels of the American Pioneers. The staff is dressed in re-enactment style apparel and are very helpful and courteous. This is an outstanding family stop as you travel I-80 across Nebraska.

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Hayward, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Been past this site many times since 2000. Watched it g row from site prep to the finished arch. Finally took the time to stop in and see what it was. BOY what a surprise. Well worth the couple of bucks to go thru the exhibits. Definitely worth the time. May need to stop in again and revisit this wonderful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Surely everyone who ever travels I-80 must wonder about this remarkable landmark across the highway. The archway museum uses multi-sensory state of the art exhibits to interpret the great overland trails and highways of central North America and the movement of European Americans westward. The exhibits are life-sized mock-ups through the 1950s and are less dynamic on the period from... More 

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Antigua, Guatemala
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

So this place is neat to check out once but really has no way to draw a person back a second time. Additionally, I would be a little upset if I drove to Kearney just to see this. It has cool walk though timeline of the settling of the American West with some impressive stories, but not enough to be... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Narrated history through volume controlled headsets. Explains development of trails, highways and railways. Escalator to top. $12pp for adults. Restaurant and gift shop on site. Area outside equally appealing. Do the maze. Visit the sod house. Hike the trail. Bring the kids. Stop. Get off the road for awhile.

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Perrysburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Highly recommend this stop if you have the time. After passing under the arch many times traveling we made time to stop on our way to Denver. It is well worth the time. Very informative of the western trek from the first pioneers to the first interstate highway. Cant wait to go back when the weather is warmer and check... More 

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