Buffalo at the Museum of Westward Expansion in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

Museum of Westward Expansion

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Tucked inside the Gateway Arch is a small museum dedicated to the days of Lewis and Clark: The Museum of Westward Expansion.

Museum of Westward Expansion in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

Buffalo at the Museum of Westward Expansion in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

The Museum of Westward Expansion explores the nineteenth century expansion from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean with artifacts, photos, animatronic figures (which, sadly, were not animated while I was there), and more.

Museum of Westward Expansion in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

Museum of Westward Expansion in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

Museum of Westward Expansion in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

 

UPDATE: The Museum of Westward Expansion closed in 2015.

 

Site: Museum of Westward Expansion
Location: St. Louis Riverfront, St. Louis, MO 63102
Cost: Free
Hours: Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Winter hours (Labor Day – Memorial Day), 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Summer hours (Memorial Day – Labor Day), 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Hours subject to change.
Date: March 20, 2010

Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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