Saint Louis Gateway Arch
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
11 N. 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
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The new North Gateway is 7.5 acres of usuable park space and includes the Lewis and Clark Explorers' Garden for children with an elevated walkway and accessible pathways winding through a diverse mix of newly planted trees.
A new glass entrance to the Museum of Westward Expansion below the Arch will face the Park Over the Highway and the Old Courthouse. Conceptual image courtesy CityArchRiver 2015
Visitors will be able to enter the new west entrance without a single stair step or ramp and enjoy sweeping view of the Old Courthouse and St. Louis through the sweeping wall of glass. Conceptual image courtesy CityArchRiver 2015
Arch Museum Opening Delayed Until Summer 2018
Visitors can use the new Great Rivers Greenway bike trail on the Central Riverfront or take a leisure stroll along the levee on Leonor K Sullivan Boulevard.
The entire riverfront was elevated an average of almost two feet to limit flooding, returning more days of the year back to the community for walking, riding bikes, sightseeing and special events. While the historic elements were preserved, such as the cobblestones lining the levee; new amenities such as benches, bike racks, lights, power outlets and a street-level stage will make the space more inviting for events and programs.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 30, 2017 - The last major pieces of the $380 million dollar project, the museum exhibits and expanded visitor center under the Arch, will open in the summer of 2018 with a grand opening celebration.
The new museum at the Gateway Arch will invite visitors to experience exhibits including Jefferson's Vision, Riverfront Era, New Frontiers, Manifest Destiny, Colonial St. Louis and Building the Arch. Once completed, the $380 million CityArchRiver project is expected to come in at or under budget.
"We are excited to be one step closer to completing this incredible new experience for visitors at the Gateway Arch," said Mike Ward, superintendent of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, National Park Service.
"While we had hoped that the project would be completed by the end of this year, it is most important that the project is completed in the right way. When we re-open the museum next summer, we are confident people will see that the wait was worth it."
Summer Events at the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 30, 2017 - Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is hosting family-friendly activities from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day at the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse. All NPS programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. More information is always available from a park ranger at the Arch Information Desk or the Old Courthouse Rotunda.
From Saturday, May 27 through Labor Day, September 4, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial operates in extended summer hours. The Gateway Arch is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The last tram ride to the top of the Arch leaves approximately one hour before closing. The Old Courthouse is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Free Family Fridays at the Old Courthouse: Through September 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Guests of all ages can learn about St. Louis history and westward expansion during the 1800s with hands-on opportunities. Each child will create a craft project and participate in a story and song time based on the day's theme. The program will end with a national park puppet show. Themes include: Colonial St. Louis (May 26, June 30 & August 4), Lewis and Clark (June 2, July 7 & August 11), Mountain Men (June 9, July 14 & August 18), Pioneers (June 16, July 21 & August 25), and Plains Indians (June 23, July 28 & September 1). RSVP by calling 314-982-1410.
Eclipse Speaker Series: Gateway to the Stars: June 4, July 2 & August 6, 8 p.m.
On the dates above, meet in the Tucker Theater inside the Gateway Arch Visitor Center for a discussion led by a ranger and guest speaker on how and where to view the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. This will be the first visible eclipse in the St. Louis area since 1442. The talk is followed by free telescope viewing of the moon and Saturn, weather permitting. Speakers include "Sky Ranger" Richard Fefferman on June 4; Donald Ficken, St. Louis Eclipse Task Force Coordinator on July 2; and Dr. Angela Speck, University of Missouri Eclipse expert on August 6.
Call 314-655-1750 extension 472 to check weather conditions. On Eclipse Day visitors are welcome to view the nearly total eclipse from the Gateway Arch Grounds. There are also eclipse events and viewing areas south and west of downtown St. Louis where visitors can experience the zone of totality.
Naturalization Ceremony and St. Louis Public Library Outreach: June 14, June 30, August 18 & September 18
In conjunction with noontime naturalization ceremonies at the Old Courthouse, the St. Louis Public Library will be on hand to help new citizens register for library cards and learn about library resources and collections. Learning activities are available for children from 10 a.m. to noon.
Fourth of July Celebration at the Old Courthouse: July 4
Celebrate Independence Day at the Old Courthouse with special ranger talks, mock trial vignettes, a public reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a concert by the Independence Band.
Downtown St. Louis History Walking Tours: Sundays in June and July, 2:30 p.m.
Meet a park ranger in the Old Courthouse Rotunda to begin a 45-minute tour that explores downtown St. Louis and its most popular landmarks.
Great Trials of the Old Courthouse: Daily in June and July, 2 p.m.
Join park rangers to learn about some of the many important trials held inside the Old Courthouse over the past 150 years. Hear about Dred Scott's suit for freedom from slavery, Virginia Minor's 1874 law suit to gain the right to vote and other interesting stories.
Walking Tour of the Gateway Arch Park Grounds: Daily in June and July, 10:30 a.m.
Meet a park ranger at the North Leg of the Arch for a walking tour exploring the stories of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
The Structure and Significance of the Gateway Arch: Daily in June and July, 11:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Join a park ranger in Luther Ely Smith Square in the park located between the Arch and Old Courthouse for a discussion on the Gateway Arch.
Westward Expansion Ranger Talk at the Old Courthouse: Daily in June and July, 5 p.m.
Embark on a ranger-led tour one of the exhibit galleries on the first floor of the Old Courthouse to learn more about pioneers, American Indians, Lewis & Clark and more.
Gateway Arch Park Evening Ranger Talk: Daily in June and July, 7 p.m.
Meet a park ranger at the North Leg of the Arch to hear stories of the Arch and its historical significance.
Ranger-led Riverboat Sightseeing Cruises: Daily through September 4; noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
An NPS ranger leads this sightseeing cruise that highlights the history of St. Louis and the role the Mississippi River plays today. Call 877-982-1410 for availability . $20/adults; $10 kids ages 3-15; free for kids under 3. Save up to $3 with the Captain's Combo (sightseeing cruise and Journey to the Top tram ride).
TICKETS: A tram ride to the Top of the Arch or an Arch Visitor Center "Entry-Only" ticket is required to enter the Gateway Arch. Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at http://www.gatewayarch.com/buytickets, or by calling 877-982-1410, or visiting the Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center at the Old Courthouse.
On August 4, 11, 18 and 25, the Blues at the Arch concert series will return in conjunction with the Blues Museum. In October, a new event Arch Bark will be held at the North Gateway park on the Arch grounds. In December, families and visitors will be able to enjoy a return of Winter Fest with skating at the Park Over the Highway near the renovated Luther Ely Smith Square.
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park was established on the banks of the Mississippi River, on December 21, 1935, to commemorate the westward growth of the United States between 1803 and 1890. Cost for the $30 million national monument was shared by the federal government and the City of St. Louis.
The park features the Gateway Arch, designed by architect Eero Saarinen who won the design competition in 1947. The stainless steel structure rises 630 feet high from a 60-foot foundation and spans 630 feet at ground level. Its classic weighted catenary curve sways 1/2" - 1" in 20 mph wind. The Arch weighs 17,246 tons. Nine hundred tons of stainless steel was used to build the Arch, more than any other project in history. Construction on the nation's tallest memorial, built at a cost of $13 million began February 12, 1963 with the "topping out" on October 28, 1965. It was dedicated in 1966.
Basilica of St. Louis King of France (Old Cathedral)
The nearly 180-year-old Basilica of St. Louis King of France, known fondly as the "Old Cathedral", is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The St. Louis' historic Old Cathedral, known officially as the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, is one of the world's most honored churches. It stands on a tiny plot on the downtown riverfront near the south leg of the Gateway Arch. The original log chapel was dedicated over 200 years ago in 1770.
The structure of the Old Cathedral, completed in the autumn of 1834, is a prominent example of Greek Revival architecture in the United States, and it is included on the National Register of Historic Places. The exterior stone facade and the four columns that support the Doric style portico are carved from Joliet stone, mined near Joliet, Ill.
In 1961, the most important honor ever afforded any American church was handed down by His Holiness, the late Pope John XXIII, who decreed Basilican status upon the church. An intensive rehabilitation program on the appearance of the Old Cathedral was completed in 1963.
Visitors can see the tomb of Bishop Joseph Rosati, builder of the present Old Cathedral building, paintings dating back to the late 1700's and a dramatic series of Arteaga photos at the Old Cathedral Museum. The Old Cathredal is located at 209 Walnut Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63102. For more information, call 314-231-3250.
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