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Museum of Westward Expansion

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Address: 11 N 4th St, Saint Louis, MO 63102-1810
Phone Number: +1 314-655-1700
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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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Reconstruction Two Years Behind Schedule - Wait If You Can

If you have a choice schedule your visit sometime after 2017. The Arch, the grounds, and the museum are being renovated and reconstructed. The Museum is relocated into temporary... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 October 2016
Washburns
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Edwardsville, Illinois
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Edwardsville, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

If you have a choice schedule your visit sometime after 2017. The Arch, the grounds, and the museum are being renovated and reconstructed. The Museum is relocated into temporary quarters in the Old Courthouse and not expected to reopen at the Arch until late 2017. The tram to the top of the Arch is being closed after Thanksgiving 2016 to... More 

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Oakdale, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 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 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 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 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 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 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 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 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 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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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 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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