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Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

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Address: 3060 E 1st St, Kearney, NE 68847-0462
Phone Number: +1 308-237-1000
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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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Fantastic Highway Museum in Kearney, Nebraska

This past year we stopped overnight in Kearney with our granddaughter on our way to Colorado. The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument was definitely a trip highlight. A few... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This past year we stopped overnight in Kearney with our granddaughter on our way to Colorado. The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument was definitely a trip highlight. A few things that we saw were Indian TeePees, Stampeding Buffalo on a moving screen, Early Settlers of the West complete with Wagon Trains, and, the Pony Express. Statues were life-size. We... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Been driving by here for years and finally stopped. Very cool idea, looks much smaller from the outside.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This amazing building/museum/display/attraction/interactive educational center is a "must see" for anyone interested in the history of the western migration across America from the earliest pioneers to now. Strategically located on the Platte River, the main thoroughfare through the Midwest for the Mormon, California and Oregon Trails, a visitor is immersed in a very detailed and enthralling presentation of the hardships,... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went here on my way home when I moved back to Idaho from Alabama. It was so cool and the people were great. We got there just before closing. They stayed open just for us. I recommend this to anyone and have continued to talk about it. It was fun and very interesting!

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New Ulm, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very interesting and impressive place. I brought a group of 50 here and it received rave reviews. I loved the layout. You wind through various displays showing how roads and transportation methods have evolved from the Oregon Trail days to the current Interstate system (above which this museum is built). The exterior has a dugout home, a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Huge investment to put this whole destination up in the air over the Interstate. You walk inside, pay $12 and get a special radio receiver and headphones. Professional sound production in the building and headphones working together make a memorable experience Pioneers, explorers, railroad, early highway, Interstate 80, drive in movies were replaced with color TV in homes. Chronological in... More 

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

This is a beautiful building with a fun tour, but it's more a historical fiction type museum with the history of Mormons and what they want the world to think happened, not always an accurate protrayal.

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

We greatly enjoyed the movie in the visitor center, the surroundings, and the brief walk. Really regret not spending the money to visit the museum; it looked outstanding in person, and we had seen a movie about it, too, but decided to pass due to price, and now wish we'd spent the money to go.

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Parker, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Passed under the Archway several times over the years, but finally got consensus with the family and money in the wallet to actually visit it. Personally, I think the ticket price is high for what you get, but it's worth visiting this over-and-back Nebraska History museum once regardless. The tour is radio-based, self-guided and therefore self-paced. You'll see life-sized dioramas... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

This is a very unique attraction. It spans I80 and has iridescent hues and colors that change as you pass under it. I did not stop to look inside, etc but it is very neat attraction from the highway.

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