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Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

3060 E 1st St, Kearney, NE 68847-0462
+1 308-237-1000
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Fun Interactive History Lesson

The Archway Monument was a very nice break along Interstate 80 with a fun dose of American history... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
United States
via mobile
Quite a Gem

This was so much fun. We had not heard about this monument when we planned our trip to Nebraska... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Houston, United States
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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.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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3060 E 1st St, Kearney, NE 68847-0462
+1 308-237-1000
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Archway Monument was a very nice break along Interstate 80 with a fun dose of American history! The cost per person is $12 to go through the exhibits in the Archway portion but it's free to go inside & walk around the gift shop...More

Thank Crisp24
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was so much fun. We had not heard about this monument when we planned our trip to Nebraska but I'm so glad we found out about it and made the day trip to see it. Loved the audio information and the layout was so...More

Thank rhesan2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've never seen anything like this --- how creative. It's always necessary to stop for a rest and to use the bathroom, but creating an informative museum and tourist attraction at the same time is pure genius. What a great utilization of space over the...More

Thank NKyAdventurer
Reviewed 13 December 2017

I took my 5 year old grandson it was hard to listen to each exhibit with him but he really enjoyed it anyway.. Outside they have a maze and he had a lot of fun playing hide and seek in it too.. Very nice displays...More

Thank rhonda7759
Reviewed 28 November 2017

Dramatic structure hanging over I-80 (and route of the former Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails), is not fully exploited, because it's mostly windowless. Could just as easily have had the same displays in a building at ground level, until you get to the end and...More

Thank Roger D
Reviewed 18 November 2017

We arrived when this place was closed and thus had to walk around the outside exhibits. They were interesting, nonetheless. I have no idea about the interior exhibits, but perhaps would suggest not driving a long distance out of you way to see it.

Thank Lipadad
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

This site has a great audio tour component that provides great info as well as Stories of early pioneers. It has scenes from early days recreated with actual props and wax-like figures. Focuses on the early trails as pioneers moved west across the US. Has...More

Thank cdl3_12
Reviewed 10 November 2017

The archway is loaded with excellent information on the many and varied travels of pioneers across the plains of Nebraska. This area was the crossroads for so many people and the stories are told in a unique way at this attraction. If you like history...More

Thank gbeerbohm
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Though I might miss something so we stopped. Not very exciting. Could easily skip this and not miss much.

Thank xuanlocdoc
Reviewed 4 October 2017

We crossed NE in a day (left Denver at 8am ). Roadsideamerica dot com mentions this place so it was a great Pit-Stop off I-80. We were just expecting a bridge you could walk over - but this is a Museum, Exhibit and audio tour...More

Thank Charleygirl76
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22 June 2017|
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Hi Michelle, It's really a matter of personal preference. Having raised three kids, my advice would be to show them pictures of each or let them research online and let them choose, that way they have made the choice and the... More
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Response from Marty L | Reviewed this property |
The cost is $12.00 and well worth the price in my opinion. Lots of diverse history about the settlers, and immigrants who traveled across the plains.