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.


Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Announces Free Special Programming During African American Heritage Month

January 27, 2017

On weekends during February 2017, Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis hosts special programs and events that spotlight history in St. Louis during African American Heritage Month.

Dred Scott Portrait Painting Workshops
Saturdays, February 4, 11 and 18; 1:00 p.m.
Discover important history contributing to the American Civil War while creating art. Visitors will work with Park Ranger Tony Gilpin, a professional artist, to contribute to an oil painting of Dred Scott and learn about Mr. Scott’s lawsuit for freedom from slavery. The image is based on one of the few surviving images of Mr. Scott from the period. Supplies will be provided. 

Reenactment of the Dred and Harriet Scott Case
Saturdays and Sundays, February 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19; 2:00 p.m.  
The enslaved Scott family—including Dred, Harriet, and their daughters—sued for their freedom from slavery prior to the Civil War. In one of the Old Courthouse’s restored courtrooms, rangers will facilitate a mock trial, and participants will read printed scripts, taking on the roles of the people involved in Mr. and Mrs. Scott’s 1850 trial.   

The USAF Band of Mid-America’s Mobility Brass Quintet Concert
Saturday, February 11; noon
Join us in the Old Courthouse Rotunda for a blend of inspiration and entertainment that includes jazz standards, patriotic favorites and more. This component of the United States Air Force Band will appeal to the entire family, with a repertoire spanning five centuries, highlighting the rich diversity of American musical styles.                  

America’s Greatest Composer: Duke Ellington
Saturday, February 18; noon
Relying on his experience leading the United States Air Force Band, Park Ranger Steve Frioux leads us down a historic musical path. Utilizing his trombone and years of study, Ranger Frioux connects us to Duke Ellington’s astounding five-decade career.

Journey to the Top tram rides at the Gateway Arch are temporarily suspended to replace the motor generator sets and upgrade the tram’s electrical system. The Visitor Center, The Arch Store, Monument to the Dream documentary film and riverfront via the Arch Grand Staircase remain available to visitors during this time. Tram rides will resume in spring 2017. Please note: During the temporary suspension of tram operations, entrance to the Arch Visitor Center is free, and tickets are not required.

A list of downtown St. Louis parking locations within walking distance of the Old Courthouse is available at Metered street parking is also available around the Old Courthouse. Visitors are encouraged to check for up-to-date information on road detours and construction news before their visit.

Visit or; or call 877-982-1410. Reservations are not required, but large groups should call 314-655-1614 to alert the Old Courthouse of their attendance.

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