ALERT: The Gateway Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center has relocated to the Old Courthouse at 11 N. 4th Street. The walking distance between the Old Courthouse and the Arch entrance at the SOUTH leg is approximately 0.3 miles (7 minutes of average walking time). EACH guest planning to enter the Gateway Arch will be required to have EITHER a Journey to the Top ticket or an Arch Entry-Only ticket to be allowed access to the facility.  Tram tickets will sell out early and often - advance tickets are strongly recommended.

Please Note: The Museum of Westward Expansion, located under the Gateway Arch is closed for significant renovations. Certain artifacts from the Museum are on display in exhibit galleries at the Old Courthouse.

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Free Family Fridays at the Old Courthouse 2016

Date: Every Friday

Time: 10am - 11am

Location: Old Courthouse | 11 North 4th Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

Price: FREE

Through September 2, the National Park Service presents Free Family Fridays at the Old Courthouse (11 North 4th Street), an hour-long, theme-based program that offers participants of all ages hands-on opportunities to learn about St. Louis and westward expansion during the 1800s. Children will also create a craft project that relates to the day’s topic. These events are FREE and open to the public. Reservations can be made by calling 877-982-1410.

Weekly themes include:

  • Colonial St. Louis (May 27 and August 5): Participants will discover what it was like in French colonial St. Louis and learn about St. Louis’ founding as a trade post. Craft project: Children will make either a felt French voyageur hat or create an Osage ribbonwork decoration.
  • Lewis and Clark (June 3, July 8 and August 12): Through negotiations with Napoleon, the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France. Soon after, President Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark to explore this new land. Participants will learn about the purchase and the explorers’ interactions with Native Americans on their journey. Craft project: Children will make a French tri-corn hat or an Indian Peace Medal.
  • Mountain Men (June 10, July 15 and August 19): Participants will learn about the mountain men of the Rocky Mountain fur trade era, who are characterized as rugged, individualistic and resourceful. Craft project: Children will make their own felt “possibles” bag or felt moccasins.
  • Pioneers (June 17, July 22 and August 26): Pioneers who traveled overland on the Oregon Trail were seeking a better life and new opportunities in the American West. Participants will explore life on the trail and the many challenges pioneers faced. Craft project: Children will participate in doll making or basket weaving.
  • Plains Indians (June 24, July 29 and September 2): Participants will explore the traditional way of life for many Plains Indians in the 1800s, as both agricultural and nomadic hunter-gatherers. Craft project: Children will make felt moccasins or create jewelry from “trade beads.”

UPCOMING EVENTS

Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse 2017

Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse 2017

Date: Every Wednesday until December 20, 2017

Time: Noon

Location: Old Courthouse Rotunda | 11 N 4th St, St. Louis, MO

Price: FREE

Winterfest at the Arch 2017

Winterfest at the Arch 2017

Date: Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday until January 1, 2018

Time: 2pm - 9pm

Location: Kiener Plaza

Price: Rink entry is FREE. Skate rentals available.

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