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“Lots of interesting history”

Museum of Westward Expansion
Ranked #69 of 254 things to do in Saint Louis
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Owner description: This museum chronicles the hardships encountered during the overland migration of the 19th century, which shaped the American West.
Rochester, New York
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231 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Lots of interesting history”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Had a few hours to kill in St Louis and wandered around the Arch only to find the museum housed in the building under the Arch. Generally not a big museum fan but I found this place captivating. There's plenty of history about the expansion of the Western US as well as a well laid out documentation of Lewis and Clark's expedition. And the best part is, it's free.

Visited May 2014
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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100 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Free admission to a great museum under the Gateway Arch”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum under the Gateway Arch. It's not huge, but they pack a lot into a small area. The circular pattern of the museum is unusual, and exhibits were well done. Definitely worth the time while visiting the Gateway Arch!

Visited April 2014
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Bistrita, Romania
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8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Saint Louis,Miss. - A city for your heart”
Reviewed 12 April 2014

Do you want to return to your childhood and to be the kid who wandered with Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn along the river Mississippi ? Are you looking for excitement from about 600 foot high ? Do you want to meet Lewis, Clark and some Native Americans? Then, Saint Louis is the perfect place. Great city, with great attractions! What I liked best, when I visited this city, was the Gateway Arch, something impressive, something you can't imagine! A huge arch, over 600 foot tall. It is the tallest man-made monument in the United States and the world's tallest arch. From the top of the Arch, you have a breathtaking view of Saint Louis and Mississippi. Don't miss here, on its base, the Museum of Westward Expansion, over 200 years of American history. There are artifacts from the days of Lewis and Clark. You can see Native Americans and pioneers of the 19th century. Don't miss Saint Louis downtown. If you are looking for a good hotel, you can stay at " vintage" Hilton and for dining, go to BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, with local style cuisine and live music.

Visited August 2013
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Olathe, Kansas
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Western expansion museum ”
Reviewed 18 March 2014 via mobile

A great display of our history. I do wish they explained more about what was what but we really enjoyed it. We actually went twice at my kids request so let that speak for itself. The Lewis and Clark movie was great!

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San Jose, California
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253 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
“No explanation of anything!”
Reviewed 22 February 2014

This isn't a museum it is a display, meant for a quick walk through. That being said it is a neat display but you aren't going to gain any knowledge. You don't learn anything here because there are no plaques explaining anything. There are some really nice displays like for example an old carriage, and I was like "what is it, tell me something about it!" Nope. Nothing. I'm sure they could have told me something about stage coach travel, but no. It is not a museum. At least it is free, so you don't feel bad about buying a ticket.

Visited February 2014
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