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“Go here to learning about western expansion & river pioneers.”

John Wesley Powell River History Museum
Ranked #4 of 13 things to do in Green River
Certificate of Excellence
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Leadville, Colorado
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45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Go here to learning about western expansion & river pioneers.”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

With a $6 entrance fee, per-person, it's hard to justify missing this little museum packed with good information. We started with a short movie about the first white explorers of the area, then moved into the main museum. The top floor (main entrance) has artifacts from the Native Americans, a mineral display, and many sections about Major Powell - from his youth to old-age. The basement level has a section about the ancient ocean that once covered the region and a small room with 3 different early boats that were used by river pioneers, one being a replica of the type that Powell's team had used. The gift shop has many nice books as well as the usual assortment of t-shirts and postcards too. They even have a few wheelchairs available which my wife took advantage of so that she didn't have to stand on her injured foot. For a small town museum they have done a very nice of presenting a good bit of relevant information.

Visited July 2012
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Bulkington, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A gem”
Reviewed July 2, 2012

This was a very comprehensive museum in which the whole history of the area is told. There is a very interesting film presentation and many artefacts to view.
This museum would do a city proud let alone a small town. Very well worth a visit - you will not be disappointed!

Visited June 2012
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Wickenburg, Arizona
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751 reviews
421 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 642 helpful votes
“A gem of a museum”
Reviewed June 17, 2012

I'm absolutely not the type tp spend hours in gloomy, dusty museum halls - this place is anything but. albeit small, it is packed with very interesting displays centered around Powell and his river discovery trips, as well as the history of the area, so closely tied to the river. Some of the info boards are even outdoors. There is also a really nice gift store with tasteful merchandise.
If you pass through Green River anyway, give this an hour or so, it's really worth it.

Visited May 2012
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Stellar staff”
Reviewed May 23, 2012

This is a very small museum, but it's got a lot to offer. The curator spent a lot of time with us, bringing out topographical maps and showing us the best places to hike.

Visited June 2011
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Cocoa, Florida
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150 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“A must stop”
Reviewed May 12, 2012

It was a real surprise to find this fine museum in this small town. It tell about JW Powell's trip down the Colorado. Movie on the adventure down the Colorado and Green River. Gift store, art gallery, dino exhibits.

Visited May 2012
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