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Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

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Address: 3060 East 1st Stree, Kearney, NE 68847
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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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An interesting history of the westward development of the nation

We have been to the "Arch" on several occasions and we always enjoy the experience. The "Arch" gives a great explanation of the waves of people that have crossed the nation from... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been to the "Arch" on several occasions and we always enjoy the experience. The "Arch" gives a great explanation of the waves of people that have crossed the nation from east to west. Access off of I-80 is easy from either west or east. The price is reasonable. Two miles to restaurants and motels in Kearney.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

After passing this site for years, we finally took the time to stop and visit! WOW!!! What a treasure! Built literally over I-80, it holds far more than one would think. The exhibits span a great period of time, from the western migration along the Platte River to the Lincoln Highway days of the 1950s. Actually found a post card... More 

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Seward, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

This is my 3rd time visiting the museum. The headsets used for the self-guided tour have really improved since the first time I was there years ago. It is still a great experience and very educational! In my opinion, it is a little pricey but it is definitely worth seeing! There are more attractions outside, such as a sod house,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

We were Lucky to be the only ones there, the self guided audio tour was great. Our 12 and 11 year old daughters liked it and we stayed longer than expected. Recommend for about an hour stay.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

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 7 December 2016 via mobile

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

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 24 November 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

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 12 November 2016

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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