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Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

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Address: 3060 E 1st St, Kearney, NE 68847-0462
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+1 308-237-1000
09:00 - 17:00
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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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Great introduction to Kearney

We drove under the Archway heading into Kearney. So we stopped in and took the full tour. I loved the people dressed in character. I loved the store and the displays outside. It... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Diane K
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We drove under the Archway heading into Kearney. So we stopped in and took the full tour. I loved the people dressed in character. I loved the store and the displays outside. It was worth the trip

Thank Diane K
Pender, Nebraska
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105 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's easy to pass under, saying you'll get here eventually; when you have more time. Take the time. It's worth it, and better than I ever thought it would be. From the interstate, propelling by at 75mph, it may look a bit underwhelming. It's not, and the price of admission is worth every penny. There's more to do than just... More 

Thank Nick J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting overview of the history of the area. The exhibit is well put together. Covers the migration of settlers to the west and until the 20th century.

Thank SpiderSD
Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were very pleasantly surprised when we stopped at the Archway Museum. The whole experience was very informative, engaging and very professionally done. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit!

Thank Loire k
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came with a group and everyone seemed pleased with the experience. Learned a lot about the Ft Kearney role in westward expansion. Takes just over an hour to do. Nice gift shop. But my FAVORITE sight was early morning on the Platte River seeing thousands of sandhill cranes. If you visit Kearney in February, March, or the first week of... More 

Thank thomasRuthL
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't think an attraction strung over 1-80 would be so clean, modern, high-tech, and interesting. The museum depicts the westward movement. Sadly, there are any real artifacts here, just life-size panoramas and exhibits. Head phones offer self-guided tours, and at each stop you tap your phone on a number card to hear about that moment or event in history.... More 

Thank ddbastian
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having the museum cross above 4 lanes of Interstate is a gimmick, but inside, the history of migration to the West along the Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail and the California Trail is accessible to all ages. An audio guide comes with the price of admission.

Thank PaulfromVA2015
east coast
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

went here on a rainy day while visiting nebraska and the museum was pretty well done. I loved the diner scene and drive-in. Defintely a good way to spend a few hours on a rainy Friday.

Thank foodfancierEastCoast
Hamilton, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hadn't planned on this attraction, but it just kind of springs up across the road so we stopped in. You get headphones to listen to the tour and are able to go at your own pace. Wonderful displays, good coffee shop and a nice souvenir shop. A good place to stop!

Thank charyn989
Janesville, Wisconsin
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30 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice way to spend a few hours. Interesting exhibits. Gift shop and outdoor activities as well. Sandhill crane movie as well...

Thank Patrick G

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