Gateway Arch National Park

St. Louis was founded by French settlers in 1764 and developed as a center of French culture and Spanish power. With the United States Louisiana Purchase in 1803, it soon became a major point of departure for western-bound emigrants. The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is on the site of the original downtown. The memorial comprises the Gateway Arch (a National Historic Landmark), the Museum of Westward Expansion, and St. Louis’ Old Courthouse. Architect Eero Saarinen’s design for a 630-foot stainless steel catenary arch was selected in 1947, and construction began in the 1960s. The Gateway Arch is the tallest monument in the United States. Below the Arch lies the Museum of Westward Expansion, which houses an extensive collection of artifacts and an overview of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The nearby Old Courthouse, built in 1839, is one of the oldest extant buildings in St. Louis.

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Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
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11 North 4th StreetSt. Louis, MO 63102 US

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  • Seasons Open

    OLD COURTHOUSE BUILDING HOURS: During the winter (Labor Day to Memorial Day Weekend), the Old Courthouse will be open from 8am to 5pm. During the summer (Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day), the OCH will be open from 7:30am to 8pm.Ticket Center hours: During the Winter, sales begin at 8:30am and end at 4:45pm.During the Summer, ticket sales will begin at 7:30am and end at 7:45pm.GATEWAY ARCH BUILDING HOURS: During the winter (Labor Day to Memorial Day Weekend), the Arch will be open from 9am to 6pm.During the summer (Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day), the Arch will be open from 8am to 10pm.During the winter, the ticket booth outside the leg and cashier within the Arch will open at 9am and end sales at approximately 5:35pm.During the summer, these cashiers will be available to guests from 8am to 9:35pm. We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
  • Prices and Fees

    Tram Ride to the Top of the Arch: $13 Adults (16 & up); $10 Children (3-15)
  • Accessibility

    The National Park Service and its partners welcome all visitors and make many efforts to accommodate people with disabilities in the Old Courthouse, the Gateway Arch complex, and on the park grounds. The park has accessible exhibits and programs and offers various assistive devices. Regretfully, we do not offer access for wheelchairs, scooters, or strollers to the top levels of the Gateway Arch or the Old Courthouse.

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