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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 #2 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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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Ya it crosses the whole freeway, but because of that it looks really small. But when you stop and get to looking around it is really Hugh. The exhibits are great with terrific historical value. This is a must stop if you are on the freeway.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

I drive I-80 every summer traveling between states and finally decided to stop here this summer. This place is amazing! The museum takes you through the experiences of those traveling the Oregon and Mormon trails and is a really cool experience. Definitely a good rest stop.

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Plainfield, Illinois, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is in my top 100 things to see before I kick the bucket. There is nothing like it anywhere in the U.S. This is a work of Art, It's Functional, and Educational. They have a small snack shop, gift shop, and an "old west" style photo studio inside. It has a really fun maze outside for the kids. There... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Anyone traveling down I-80 through Nebraska should go through the Archway. It is a phenomenal historical walk through the history of I-80 which was the original Oregon and Mormon Trails. The walk through the Arch takes you along the travels and history of the trials and tribulations that our ancestors faced as they traveled across America on the road that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Do not stop because it is so nice inside. From the road it looks small but inside is great. Lots of history of the Lincoln Highway & stories of the prairie pioneers. Plan on at least 2 hours to look around. They have a very nice place to eat also.

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Omaha, Nebraska, USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I think everyone should stop at this attraction. Very well done and educational. We have been twice.

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USA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

You are better off reading a Wiki entry about the Oregon Trail than visiting the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. For $12 you can pass through a diorama of a wagon trail as speakers blare the noise and commotion of travel with thunder and lightning flashes while trying to listen to earphone journal entries while trying to read informational... More

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Michigan Center, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This a very well done attraction. The scenes portrayed and the effects/backgrounds are very realistic. The reason for my rating is that there is an intense mold smell issue at the main entrance area. Unfortunately for those with allergies like me, the smell carried to some degree throughout the whole building by the ventilation system. Based on another family member... More

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Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This was described as a "multi-media experience of the history of Nebraska". It was like a regular museum except you wear headphones as you walk through the exhibits, listening to stories about the period of time that corresponds to the display you're at. The audio part does a good job at keeping up with your pace and will skip ahead... More

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New Haven, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

On our way to Colorado for vacation, we stopped here just to see what it was. Anxious to get to CO, we decided not to do the museum, although it looked intriguing. Finding ourselves on I-80 going home & the timing right for an overnight stop, we camped near the Archway & went to the museum the next morning. Wow,... More

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