The museum and visitors center expansion at the Arch is under construction and will open in July 2018, but you can still visit the Arch and ride to the top until then. A new glass entrance to the visitor center and museum below the Gateway Arch will face the Old Courthouse and Downtown St. Louis, bringing natural daylight underground, bringing the Gateway Arch closer to the city than ever before. Without a single stair step, visitors will easily enter a light-filled, climate-controlled plaza, where they can enjoy views of the Old Courthouse and Downtown St. Louis.
On the mezzanine level, a terrazzo floor will display a map of westward trails from St. Louis and other cities to trace our forefathers’ journeys to the west.
Under the Arch, the new museum will describe westward expansion of the United States with new, more inclusive narratives with a focus on St. Louis’ role in this era of our country's history. Interactive story galleries guide visitors through time, from the mid-1600’s to the present. The new expansion will include these galleries: Colonial St. Louis, Jefferson’s Vision, Manifest Destiny, The Riverfront Era, New Frontiers, and Building the Gateway Arch. Locals and visitors alike will be able to learn about this time period in American history and appreciate the monument representing those stories.
In the tram lobby, a 100-foot-wide media wall will show videos of the building of the Gateway Arch and scenes of American history and innovation, which are symbolized in the Gateway Arch.
COMING JULY 2018