Welcome Back! Limited capacity tram tickets are now available. Books yours today! (Tram ticket reservations for a specific date become available three days prior.) The Gateway Arch Visitor Center, which includes the Museum at the Gateway Arch, The Arch Store and the Arch Cafe, is currently open. Free timed tickets are required to enter the Visitor Center to support social distancing. Please Note: The documentary film and Old Courthouse are currently unavailable.
For Riverboats at the Gateway Arch, the one-hour St. Louis Riverfront Cruise, as well as the Skyline Dinner Cruise and Arch View Lunch Cruise are available for purchase.
Gateway Arch visitors must enter the monument through the new west entrance, which faces Fourth Street and the Old Courthouse. The Gateway Arch legs have become exits only. Tram tickets will sell out early and often - advance tickets are strongly recommended. Please allow at least 30 minutes to go through security.
Gateway Arch National Park is committed to reopening in a responsible manner while continuing to honor our nation’s history and serve the American public. The safety of staff and visitors is the park’s number one priority.
Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, the Gateway Arch National Park is using a phased reopening approach to increase visitor access to the park experience while continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gateway Arch FAQs
The Gateway Arch Visitor Center, Museum at the Gateway Arch, The Arch Store and the Arch Café are currently open for visitor access.
Beginning Tuesday, September 1, 2020, Gateway Arch National Park will begin entering Phase II of reopening the park. The highlight will be that starting at 10:00 a.m., limited access to the Tram Ride to the Top of the Gateway Arch will open to the public with reservations.
The Tram Ride to the Top experience has required thoughtful changes to ensure visitor and employee safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The tram has opened with very limited ticket availability for staff to assess operations and make any additional modifications in order to gradually increase the number of people who can go to the top of the Arch each day.
Outdoor spaces at Gateway Arch National Park remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state and local health guidance. The Old Courthouse remains unavailable at this time.
Our phased re-opening approach allows us to refine the visitor experience as necessary, assess visitation levels and adjust capacity, and monitor changing conditions in the City of St. Louis and surrounding counties, and adjust operations if needed.
Mandatory, free timed ticket reservations are required to enter the Arch facility.
Reservations should be made at gatewayarch.com or by calling 877-982-1410.
For individuals needing assistance with making reservations, contact the call center at 877-982-1410 or staff members will be able to assist in the west entrance plaza in front of the Arch Visitor Center during facility hours of operation.
Please note: Tickets are subject to availability, based on reduced facility capacity. It is strongly recommended to reserve your tickets in advance online or by phone to secure entry to the Arch.
Timed ticketing is a temporary measure until the park becomes fully operational.
Tickets are required to be purchased for the Tram Ride to the Top. Tickets are available at gatewayarch.com or by calling 877-982-1410. Due to the tram’s very limited capacity, it is strongly encouraged to purchase your Tram Ride to the Top tickets in advance.
It is the Gateway Arch National Park’s goal to protect visitors and employees from transmission risks while continuing to remain a trusted, globally recognized destination. The National Park Service has modified various elements of the park experience (subject to updates in later phases):
Significantly reduced visitor capacity inside the Arch facility.
Modifications to the Tram Ride to the Top (see next question).
Social distancing floor markers throughout the Arch facility.
Plexiglas barriers at ticket/order counters and the security checkpoint.
Rigorous and frequent disinfecting and sanitizing of public spaces and surfaces.
Hand sanitizing stations located throughout the Arch facility.
Established queuing lines for the Arch Visitor Center ticket counter, security checkpoint, The Arch Store and Arch Café.
Visitor experience staff members wearing face coverings and gloves where appropriate.
Employee safety and disinfecting training.
We encourage visitors to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and take their own necessary precautions to protect themselves and the people around them:
Practice social distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between you and others.
Wear a face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
Stay at home and contact your doctor if you feel sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
It is our goal to maintain the novelty of the Tram Ride to the Top experience while enforcing social distancing and health and safety guidelines. Various aspects of the tram ride have been modified and are subject to updates in later phases:
Bi-State Development, which operates the tram, requires face coverings for tram riders ages 9 and up.
Disposable face coverings can be purchased for $1 at The Arch Store.
Guests with preexisting health conditions unable to wear a mask/face covering for medical reasons are exempt.
Significantly reduced capacity throughout tram ride experience.
Floor markers and signage to encourage social distancing.
Tram cars and observation deck windows assigned by family/group.
Solo visitors will be assigned their own tram car and windows.
In order to maintain directional flow and ensure one way in/one way out of the observation deck, one tram will transport visitors to the top, while the other tram will transport visitors to the ground level.
Time limit in Arch observation deck (no more than 10 minutes).
Plastic coverings below observation deck windows.
Plexiglas barriers between grouped observation windows.
Periodic disinfecting and sanitization of tram car surfaces, seats and handrails as well as surfaces and windows in the observation desk.
Visitors must enter the Arch at the monument’s west entrance plaza, which faces Fourth Street and the Old Courthouse. Visitors can exit the Arch at the west entrance or at the Arch legs. (The Arch legs are designated as exits only at all times.) Exiting via the Arch legs provides a great opportunity for photo ops with the monument and direct access to the park grounds.
The National Park Service has made adjustments to the flow of security screening to support physical distancing guidelines. Plexiglas barriers have been installed at the screening area, and the National Park Service will routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and screening equipment.
Much of museum experience remains the same, with the National Park Service implementing more frequent sanitizing and disinfecting of museum exhibits. Accessibility features, such as Braille and large-text exhibit descriptions, are available for those with disabilities and will be disinfected and sanitized throughout the day.
Yes, the Arch Café is open during Gateway Arch operating hours, offering their full menu of food and beverage items. Plexiglas barriers have been installed at order counters, and a queuing line has been established through the café to ensure directional flow of café goers.
Yes, The Arch Store is open during Gateway Arch operating hours. Plexiglas barriers have been installed at order counters, and a queuing line has been established through the store to ensure directional flow of store goers. The store has also reduced the number of merchandise displays to support physical distancing guidelines.
The Old Courthouse remains unavailable at this time.
The Gateway Arch is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.