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The Archway

3060 East 1st Street

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Join the 1.5 million visitors who have experienced the westward expansion of a nation through the eyes of those who lived it. Spanning 310 feet over Interstate 80 near Kearney, Nebraska, The Archway presents 170 years of America's westward movement through detailed displays and harrowing stories you'll hear as you walk over one of America's busiest interstate highways.

Start at Ft. Kearny in the 1840s where the Oregon Trail converged with the Mormon Trail and California Trail. Here, you'll immerse yourself in the sights of the historic trails while listening to the stories of the early pioneers. Next, hear the rumble of the Iron Horse on the transcontinental railroad as it passes overhead. Watch a Pony Express rider make a quick stop to change horses as he races to deliver mail across the country. Listen in as the first transcontinental telegraph transmits the news of the breakout of the Civil War to the West Coast. Finally, traverse the historic Lincoln Highway, catch the newsreel at the drive-in theater and take a break to check on the traffic below in the roadside diner. A perfect stop for a family vacation, this award-winning display can be viewed in under an hour.


Mark Marineo

Saturday, May 12, 2018
“Could be better” Fancy freeway arch on the outside....ok museum inside. Interesting facts on pioneers going west/ great way to stretch legs-- but those facts would've been just as interesting at 1/2 the admission price. Displays are a little too generic and politically correct-- (committee designed?) -- enlivening and personalizing them with colorful local characters and historical legends would make it more memorable.

Jay Dee

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
A little on the expensive side for the tour inside, but definitely worth at least a one-time visit. Museum is rich in history about the great plains and Midwest and has some pretty great exhibits. Flow of the museum feels solid and presentation on a lot of the exhibits are done in interesting, unique, exciting, and unexpected ways. Surrounding area is beautiful and great to walk around on a comfortable day. Found it a bit odd though they hardly had any souvenir items of the archway itself other than postcards in their store. At the very least, it's a great place to stop and stretch your legs and let your kids run around if you're travelling along the interstate.

Scott Stewart

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Would have given 5 stars but 12 dollars a person was a bit much. Was a neat place with nice gift shop. Nice walking trail and a maze for the kids.

John Angevine

Monday, May 7, 2018
A good place to stop and stretch the legs. The museum will cost $12 per adult. So plan to spend some time if you come the museum.

Terre Kala

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Great stop for families, a maze for kids to run through, picnic tables in the scattered shade areas, dogs can be out and run. Museum and gift shop inside, with a running water slough (sp) to pan your newly purchased bags of goodies.

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