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Monday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: Noon - 5:00 p.m.

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The Archway

Presenting 170 years of history in under an hour, The Archway starts in the 1840s at Fort Kearny where over 400,000 Americans and immigrants converged on the Mormon, Oregon and California trails before heading west to the frontier. The Transcontinental Railroad, Pony Express and first transcontinental telegraph line also followed along the Great Platte River as well as the Lincoln Highway, the first pieces of the Interstate Highway system and the first transcontinental fiber optic superhighway. Follow the pioneers throughout time and immerse yourself in their story in this unique visual and audio representation of all the transportation history and the millions of travelers that followed the Great Platte River Road.

Need a break? Check out our new concession stand for the perfect snack or drink. Commemorate your visit or find the perfect gift for that special someone at the revamped gift shop that features Nebraska and American-made products. If all you need is a clean restroom, we have that too!

What they are saying!

  • “This is a fantastic place.”

    – former President Bill Clinton

  • “First rate. One of the very best.”

    – Henry, Germany

  • “Enjoyable, Excellent, Entertaining”

    – Candice, Denver, CO

The Archway

Join the over 1.4 million visitors in experiencing the journey of a nation through the eyes of those who lived it – at the center of it all, The Archway! The Archway spanning 310 feet across Interstate 80 presents 170 years of American history in about an hour featuring film, fiber optics, computer graphics, life-size dioramas, re-enactors, classic cars and more.

See first-hand the challenges pioneers faced on the Mormon, Oregon and California trails as they looked for a better life, the breathtaking experience of a Pony Express rider as they sprint across the prairie, and the revolution of instant communication with the first transcontinental telegraph line. Learn about the development of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Lincoln Highway, the first interstate and the first transcontinental fiber optic superhighway.

Create unforgettable memories at this one of kind experience that only happens here and all in one place, The Archway!

What they are saying!

  • “This is a fantastic place.”

    – former President Bill Clinton

  • “First rate. One of the very best.”

    – Henry, Germany

  • “Enjoyable, Excellent, Entertaining”

    – Candice, Denver, CO

Upcoming Events

Nov
27
Thu
all-day Closed for Thanksgiving
Closed for Thanksgiving
Nov 27 all-day
The Archway will be closed on Thanksgiving Day to allow staff to spend time with friends and family. Our hours on the days before and after will remain the same and we will be open[...]
Dec
2
Tue
Archway Society Christmas Gala
Archway Society Christmas Gala
Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Archway Society members can get in the holiday spirit with a memorable night at The Archway. A Christmas tree lighting and more are planned for the Archway Society Christmas Gala. Contact the Kearney Area Chamber[...]
Dec
4
Thu
all-day Give Where You Live
Give Where You Live
Dec 4 all-day
The Archway Society will be participating in Give Where You Live in cooperation with Kearney Area Community Foundation and dozens of other Kearney non-profits. The Society will be raising money to work toward preserving history,[...]
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