Museum of Westward Expansion – St. Louis, Missouri Explore the world of the American Indians and the 19th-century pioneers who helped shape the history of the American West at this museum located beneath the Arch. Contains an extensive collection of artifacts related to the westward expansion of the U.S. An authentic American Indian tipi, an overview of the Lewis & Clark expedition and Indian Peace Medals are just some of the highlights.
The exhibits at the Museum of Westward Expansion bring history to life. Learn about Lewis and Clark, and the many explorers that followed. With a Sioux war bonnet, life-size tipi, and covered wagon on display, see firsthand how the pioneers and the American Indians lived. Other exhibits demonstrate the way-of-life of farmers, buffalo hunters, miners and others whose lives played out during the time of the great westward expansion.
Hours: The Gateway Arch and Museum of Westward Expansion are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day (summer hours), and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. the remainder of the year (winter hours); closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Location: Under the Gateway Arch 11 N. Fourth St.. St. Louis, MO
Phone: (314) 655-1700
Directions: Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is located in the heart of downtown St. Louis on the Mississippi River. Interstate Routes 44, 55, 64 and 70 converge near the park.