The Archway

If you are anywhere around Exit 275 on I-80 in Nebraska, and you want to see something really cool, stop at the Great Platte River Road Archway museum in Kearney.

On our way from Cheyenne Wyoming to northwest Missouri yesterday, we took I-80 through Nebraska and stopped there. Oh my gosh, you guys, it is amazing!!

The museum chronicles travel history in the area starting with covered wagons, stagecoaches, the Pony Express, and highways.

We each got a ‘personal-type’ museum guide via a device that looks like a tv remote with headphones. The exhibits had numbers on them and you can just point them at ones you want to learn about and press play.

That was my first experience with those and it was really neat. You can move at your own pace, turn the volume up or down, there’s no rush to miss a tour group.

The museum itself is extraordinary with its escalator entrance, the lifelike figures, the detailed murals ceiling high, railroad history, and a great display about the highway system. It ends with a step inside a vintage diner with booths and jukeboxes.

The gift shop is really nice and there’s even an ol’ vintage Coca Cola machine, if you fancy a soda in a glass bottle.

I’m so glad we went! Their website is http://www.archway.org if you’re interested in learning more.

Westbound

We are on our way, westbound, from southeast Missouri to Colorado/ Wyoming for a couple of days.

This morning we stopped at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson Kansas and saw rockets, tons about space history, and even got to see how much we’d weigh on Mars.

Hutchinson is northwest of Wichita and is definitely worth a stop if you’re ever in this part of Kansas. Not only is the museum interactive for kids, it has a great gift shop. Their website is http://www.cosmo.org, if you’d like to check it out.

Now we’re off to Goodland Kansas to see the world’s largest easel!