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Museum of Westward Expansion

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Address: 11 N 4th St, Saint Louis, MO 63102-1810
Phone Number: 314-655-1700
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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If you're visiting the Arch, take time for this museum

Recently updated, this is a great stop for American history buffs. Even if you're not fond of American history, there's a lot to see that should spark at least some interest... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2016
Ernie B
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Ballwin, Missouri
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Oakdale, California
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Went to see the St. Louis Arch and was surprised by the Museum. Going to the Arch, make sure to have a little time to walk through and enjoy it. It was an easy walk around and many things to see. Kids would love it.

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Branson, Missouri
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Ever since the first time I visited as a little kid, I was in awe! So much to see and do and learn! It is yet another must-see in the Lou!

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Central Florida, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

The Museum of Westward Expansion is the museum in the Old Courthouse which is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. It includes the arch, the courthouse, a small cathedral, and, with the new construction, a beautiful park from west of the courthouse to the arch and the river. Some of this is still under construction (5/16) but there are... More 

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Ballwin, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

Recently updated, this is a great stop for American history buffs. Even if you're not fond of American history, there's a lot to see that should spark at least some interest. Plus, it's free, and right under the Arch. There's no reason to skip this museum if you're there for the Arch anyway. It won't take much time, and you... More 

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Loves Park, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 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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Thank Chris B
Groningen, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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 14 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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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 18 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 10 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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