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.


Commemorate National Park Week April 19-27 at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

March 31, 2014

Release Date: March 31, 2014

Contact: Ann Honious, JNEM

Phone: 314-655-1614

Contact: Jenna Todoroff, Common Ground PR

Phone: 636-530-1235

Commemorate National Park Week April 19-27 at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial 
Junior Ranger Day and Camp In’ Under the Arch Part of Week’s Festivities 

WHAT: In honor of National Park Week, April 19 through 27, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial invites visitors of all ages to a week full of events that discover, explore and recognize America’s national parks.

“We encourage everyone to visit St. Louis’ national parks and landmarks this week, including Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in Crestwood and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail,” said Ann Honious, Chief, Museum Services and Interpretation, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

Fee-free Weekend: April 19 and 20

Visitors can enjoy $3 off their Journey to the Top tram ride, or ticket to the Arch movies “Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West” or “Monument to the Dream.”

Rangers Remember Event: April 19, Museum of Westward Expansion

National Park Rangers share their memories of working in our nation’s crown jewels.


10 am

Ranger Doug Harding, who’s worked for NPS since 1986, shares how his passion for history has encouraged him to add Living History characters to his park presentations.

11 am

Park Guide Melissa Corsaut presents “Only in the Park Service,” covering her St. Louis career as well as serving at Bent’s Old Fort. She shares advice on her student employment, workplace stories, and how parks are a tight-knit community.

12 pm

Retired St. Louis Defense Mapping Agency cartographer Roy Gillyon reflects upon his career as a seasonal park guide at the Arch and Old Courthouse between 1965 and 1971. He shares photographs taken from the worker’s construction elevator located outside the Arch, as well as construction inside the Arch legs; and glimpses from the top.

1 pm

Law Enforcement Officer Joshua Wright presents “The History of a Park Ranger.”

2 pm

Nancy Hoppe presents “Growing Up 36 Years at the Arch and Old Courthouse,” which recounts her transition from a work-study student to a park guide, to her current position as a park ranger interpreter.


Junior Ranger Day and Camp In’ Under the Arch: Saturday, April 26, 1-4 pm

In celebration of National Junior Ranger Day, JNEM hosts Camp In’ Under the Arch. At this FREE “camp in” at the Arch Visitor Center, children can set up camping tents, and sit around a mock campfire for music and storytelling. NPS Ranger Dave Newmann will lead a group sing-along at 1:30 and 2:30 pm.

Parts of the book “The Camping Trip that Changed America” will be read, recounting President Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir’s trip through Yosemite that influenced Roosevelt to double the number of national parks. Kids will learn about Native American life in the West by exploring a life-size tipi and interacting with Plains Indians living history items; and discover Midwest tree species through NPS ranger-led activities. Participants will earn a special Junior Ranger Day patch upon completion of the day’s events.

National Park Week Film Series: All Week

April 20 through 27, various National Park films will be shown in the Museum of Westward Expansion’s special exhibits gallery. Films will run continuously from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. A Mighty Mean Fowt Fight: The Battle of Wilson’s Creek will be shown in the Old Courthouse Theater continuously every half hour on the half hour from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, April 19 through 27.

Civil War Trading Cards and More Children’s Activities: All Week

Kids can earn up to three “Civil War to Civil Rights” trading cards upon completion of the Arch or Old Courthouse National Park bingo sheets. They can also pose in a photo cut-out of President Gerald Ford during his days as a park ranger, and with Ranger Melissa.  Children can earn the park’s Junior Ranger badge upon completion of a Junior Ranger activity (available at the Arch and Old Courthouse Information Desks).

WHERE:                  Museum of Westward Expansion at the Gateway Arch, and Old Courthouse (11 North Fourth Street, St. Louis, MO 63102)

COST:                      FREE and open to the public.

CONTACT:               Visit or call 1-877-982-1410 for more information.

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