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Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

3060 East 1st Stree, Kearney, NE 68847
308 237 1000; 877 511 ARCH
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Ranked #1 of 20 attractions in Kearney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Observation Decks/ Towers, History Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Our family saw the archway bridge driving on the highway towards Colorado. It looked unique and we wanted to see what it was. It was definitely a worthwhile stop! We enjoyed it so much that it turned into more than a place to stretch our legs. We spent the afternoon asking questions to an extremely authentic and knowledgeable California 49er... More

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Devore Heights, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I've passed the arch probably a dozen times since built and never really knew what was there. I had my son with me this time pulling a trailer and he suggested we stop and see what it was about. Very cool and worth the time and money. The history and self tour was very interesting and educational. There was a... More

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Shanghai, Shanghai, China
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is an interactive display about the development of overland travel from east to west in the USA. There are various displays and you have headphones that focus in on the area you are walking through - some examples being the American indians and the bison, the 49ers and the gold rush, the development of the train system and eventually... More

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Marathon, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I was blown away by this museum! The technology and quality of the exhibits are second to none. The facility is beautiful and well-maintained, and the gift shop and snack bar are icing on the cake. I also enjoyed the Native American earth lodge area! I found several nice gifts to bring home, and learned some interesting information during the... More

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Crete, Nebraska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

NOw saying that,,,I want everyone to know there is life in NEBRASKA besides FOOTBALL,,,:),,,,we live here ,,and went on a day trip to the ARCH,,,we have been back 3 times now with different people,,,its great and tells the story SO well,,,I love the ride up the stairs and the STORM oh my its so real I love it,,,its a must... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

i80 is a a busy interstate spanning Nebraska but this made for an exciting stop. The archway closes at 6pm so make sure to stop early if you want to go inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

What an incredible facility with a wonderful story to tell. Spanning the interstate, this is a fabulous property on water with many attractions outside that warrant a visit including an earth lodge and sod house. Inside, the wonderful and informative staff greet you on your journey through time and the story of many, many pioneers who went west on the... More

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Richmond, VA, USA
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102 reviews 102 reviews
9 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Very pleased that we stopped on our trip across Nebraska. We found it interesting and informative about the history of western migration through the area and about the building of the unique structure. The historic presentation is done through head sets that you listen to while strolling through the exhibits. There is a fee to see the main exhibit, which... More

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Randers
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23 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Give thsi about an hour. Good info and interesting. Very informative. Very friendly. Nice staff and pretty surrounndings.

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Seattle, Washington
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We love American history and couldn't resist stopping --and are very glad we did! POSITIVES With its 1) unique architecture, broad and inclusive approach to the subject matter, 2) photo-friendly exhibits and 3) infectious enthusiasm of the staff, the museum simply bowls you over with its charm! A short film provides context of the museum's purpose/creation and the gift shop... More

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