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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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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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Exploring history in a historic courthouse

The history of westward expansion was displayed nicely in a historic setting. The displays are very brief. Great paintings, illustrations and artifacts to admire. The old... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
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Loves Park, Illinois, United States
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Loves Park, Illinois, United States
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145 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

The history of westward expansion was displayed nicely in a historic setting. The displays are very brief. Great paintings, illustrations and artifacts to admire. The old courthouse setting is unique as well. The videos, maps, Lewis & Clark were fun to look at. The employees were very knowledgeable as well. Best part - it was free

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We spent a couple of hours because there was so much to see! We had a blast. If you are interested at all in the topic of westward expansion, this is a must.

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Wheaton, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

I would go just for the museum, but if you purchase tickets for the viewing platform of the Gateway Arch, this is a great way to fill up the time. It is free and open to the public, even if you don't want to pay to visit the top of the arch. Loved seeing different modes of transportation and the... More 

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Hutchinson, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

A nice exhibit of how the US developed to the west. One of the more balanced presentations with the Native American perspective. Best of all - it's free!

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Thank Jeanne W
San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

A very interactive history lesson covering just about everything you wanted to know regarding the Lewis & Clark expedition. Don't miss this if you have the time. I learn something new everytime I go.

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Troy, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The museum is an amusing way to spend your time waiting to go up in the Arch. Recently the museum was renovated, creating a chronological ring of events that is a bit confusing - it seemed like they were still working out a few kinks in the timeline when I visited in September 2014.

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Thank Laura H
Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a very nice place to visit! Who knew it is right underneath the Arch? A lot of history you don't get in history books is here, and the displays are awesome!

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NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

A museum under the Arch that gets into the U.S. expansion to the west. Lewis and Clark obviously gets a lot of play. Definitely worth doing if you're visiting the arch.

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Thank swearengen
Rogers, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The place tells the story of the us expansion west of the Mississippi river. Louis and Clark are the main topic, with lots about the places and people they met. But it also tell the story of the building of the arch in a movie that is a must see. If your are going to the arch, stop in for... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I was disappointed I couldn't stay longer at this museum. The exhibits were extremely informative on the how and why of living west of the Mississippi. It give me a visual understanding of what was going on before my home state, Oklahoma, became a state in 1904. As an attorney, I loved the various exhibits of documents and legal artifacts... More 

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