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Kearney - 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.


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.

g gc

Friday, Nov. 24, 2017
This is a great place to visit once, if you're interested in history. The stories are depicted well, they have radios so that you can go at your own pace, most of the workers are in costume and everyone is overly friendly & helpful. It was a great break from our long drive. It was way more extensive & cooler than we were expecting and the price was pretty reasonable. This would be a great stop for any age.

Steve Schwinn

Friday, March 16, 2018
The most unusual museum I have ever been to. Built across both lanes on Interstate 80. Ample parking available. Restaurant and gift shop on site.


Sunday, March 4, 2018
Peaceful. Informative. Lots to see. Well laid out. Is that giant buffalo near the entrance life sized? I doubt it.

Louis Hansell

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
This is an awesome museum. It tells the story of the crossing of the continent over several centuries, from an Indian path, to settler scouts, to wagon trains to the first transcontinental highway. If you are anywhere on I-80 you have to stop here. And you can't miss it, it traverses the highway, which is another treat of visiting this place. You will be amazed. And the surrounding grounds are landscaped for you to picnic or stroll.

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