Due to the government shutdown, the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse, which are part of the National Park Service, will be closed and will reopen during regularly scheduled hours as soon as the government resumes operations.

In a note on the website for the Gateway Arch, officials said that if the Gateway Arch and the government are closed at the time of your scheduled tram ride to the top and/or documentary movie, your ticket price will be refunded as soon as possible. There is no way to know the duration; however, for current information on the shutdown, visit www.nps.gov/jeff.

Vote for The Gateway Arch Museum and Visitor Center
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 16, 2018 – Visitors and residents can vote for the Gateway Arch National Park and Museum as the Best New Attraction in 2018!

The Gateway Arch, one of the nation’s most recognizable landmarks, got its own new museum and visitor center in 2018. The six themed exhibit areas tell the story of Native Americans, rebels and explorers who contributed to the nation’s pioneering spirit.

As of Sunday, December 16, the Leaderboard ranks:

1. Gathering Place – Tulsa
2. National Comedy Center – Jamestown, N.Y.
3. Chicago Architecture Center – Chicago
4. The Gateway Arch Museum and Visitor Center – St. Louis
5. Tower of Voices – Laurel Highlands, Penn.

Every vote counts and we’re making our way to the top spot. You can vote daily in the USAToday Readers’ Choice Awards until Monday, January 7, 2019. To vote, please visit Vote for The Gateway Arch Museum and Visitor Center

The new museum at the Gateway Arch invites visitors to experience exhibits including Jefferson’s Vision, Riverfront Era, New Frontiers, Manifest Destiny, Colonial St. Louis and Building the Arch.

Visitors can 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.

New Museum at Gateway Arch Welcomes Visitors


ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) – The Museum at the Gateway Arch and new West Entrance, opened in July 2018, marking the last major pieces of the $380 million dollar project.

From the new Lobby, visitors descend via elevators or stairs to mezzanine level or the lower, main level of the Museum/Visitor Center. The mezzanine level includes space for educational activities and special events and introduces visitors to themes presented in the new exhibits. On the lower level, at the base of the stairways and escalators, is the new exhibit gallery that connects to the larger new exhibit gallery area in the renovated existing building.

The riverfront era exhibit features an intricate scale model of a five-block section of the city in 1852.

The new exhibits provide an engaging, interactive museum experience. Several new exhibit galleries take visitors back in time to explore multiple perspectives of Thomas Jefferson’s vision of a continental nation, the role of St. Louis as the gateway to westward expansion during the 19th century, and the legacy and heritage of individuals and cultural groups who played significant roles. Visitors also get a close-up look at the history of the construction of the iconic Gateway Arch and the architects, engineers and builders who made it happen.

The exhibits showcase illustrated historical narratives, primary source documents, historical art and artifacts. An assortment of multimedia exhibits allow visitors to view large-screen video re-enactments of the Lewis and Clark expedition, participate in simulated electronic journeys west, and learn about colonial history with animated maps and timelines. The exhibits were designed by Haley Sharpe Design with multimedia design provided by Aperture Films.

An assortment of multimedia exhibits allow visitors to view large-screen video re-enactments of the Lewis and Clark expedition.


Pacific Studio of Seattle, Washington, a small business and a nationally recognized creator of exhibits, was awarded a $17.1-million fabrication contract for the Visitor Center Exhibits Project at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The design of the exhibits has been completed to meet the standards of Universal Design, so that the environment can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.

A new office area for Metro, operators of the Arch Tram, will be constructed in the current location of the Museum Store. The Museum Store will move to the space formerly occupied by the Odyssey Theater and a limited Food Service Concession will be located in the current area of the Levee Mercantile store.

The existing public bathrooms have been upgraded with new fixtures, accessories, and finishes. New finishes, ramps, and other accessibility improvements have been made to the exits leading to the Arch legs.

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.