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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.


Rich Crowley

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
The Archway is a museum over the road on I-80 in Kearney, NE. We went in thinking it would take us 45 minutes to walk through the museum and we ended up spending over 2 hours. The story of America's migration westward and the various advances in transportation throughout the years was really well done. They give you headphones that you can use to listen to various stories at designated points throughout the museum and the stories were great. We listened to pretty much every one of them. Once we were done, we also walked the grounds for a while outside. Well worth a stop.

Sophie Reiser

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
I thought this was super informative and engaging! I’m not from Nebraska so it was really interesting to learn about its history and some of the history of our country audibly and visibly rather than reading it in a textbook. If you take the time to read some of the signs in addition to the audio tour there are a lot of additional stories and character profiles which I enjoyed. A few reasons for taking off a star - 1) I did think $13 (inc tax) was a bit steep; $10 would’ve been a good price. 2) we were told by the staff that it would take ~40 minutes to go through if we listened to all of the audio tour. I added probably 20 minutes of reading on top of the audio tour and it took about 2 hours - way longer than we were told. 3) I was wearing a dress (it’s hot out!) and asked if it was cold and should I get a sweatshirt. She said no, it wasn’t very cold in there, but I should’ve known better - I was freezing the whole time. Lastly, it would be nice if the volume on the headsets could get a bit louder. My ears aren’t bad and I had the volume maxed out and it was still hard to hear some things with all the background sound effects going on. Otherwise, great experience!

jordan hinrichs

Monday, July 30, 2018
This is a historical museum above the interstate. If you're looking to get a good view of the interstate, there is only a couple small windows to do so. The historical information is good but you need one of the electronic guides (they look like small radios) in order to enjoy the full experience. I went with a couple small children and it wasn't the best experience. I would only take children 5 or 6 and older to this exhibit. The cost for adults is $12 and I don't think it's worth the $12. I would pay more like $5 or $6 for this very brief experience.

Karen Batsche

Monday, July 23, 2018
Totally Free, A Must Stop for anyone on Highway 80! Plan on spending at least 2 hours there. If I ever go back there, I will be sure to spend more time there. It's for all ages. It's a self guiding tour of the westward movement.

Jewles Livingston

Friday, June 22, 2018
Love this place. The archway and building are beautiful. There is a cool log fort maze outside for kids. Period costumed folks greet you and provide information. There is an audio tour included with the walk through museum, which is wonderful. This museum immerses you in the pioneer experience. A must see!!!!

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