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.


JNEM Hosts Free Speaker Series at the Old Courthouse

November 03, 2017

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial announces a free educational speaker series at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis, to be held on the first Mondays in November and December. No reservations are required. Guests may bring a sack lunch. Speakers will present a variety of topics that highlight fascinating historical events and personalities.

“We are happy to bring back our popular speaker series to highlight natural and cultural education within the National Park Service,” said Rhonda Schier, Chief of Museum Services and Interpretation. “Please join us at the Old Courthouse to learn about a couple’s journey to visit all 59 national park sites and one of America’s greatest musical composers.”

Monday, November 6 at noon: The Switchback Kids: 59 National Parks, One Year of Adventure
In August 2015 Cole and Elizabeth, a young couple from Missouri, left their jobs and home to tour of all 59 National Parks across the U.S. during the NPS Centennial year. They spent a year immersing themselves in each park as they tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked and climbed their way through the challenge and adventure of a lifetime.  Join us as they share their journey, lessons learned and travel advice.

Monday, December 4 at noon: America’s Greatest Composer: Duke Ellington
Relying on his experience leading the United States Air Force Band, Park Ranger Steve Frioux leads us down a historic musical path. Utilizing the trombone and many years of study, Ranger Frioux connects us to Duke Ellington’s astounding five-decade career.

WHERE: Old Courthouse, 11 North Fourth Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

PARKING: A list of several downtown St. Louis parking locations within walking distance of the Old Courthouse and the Gateway Arch is available at Metered street parking is also available in Downtown St. Louis. Visitors are encouraged to check for directions to the park.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit,, or; or call 877-982-1410. Reservations for free National Park Service interpretive programs and events at the Old Courthouse are not required, but large groups should call 314-655-1614 to alert the Old Courthouse of their attendance.

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