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Welcome Back! 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 Tram Ride to the Top, documentary film and Old Courthouse are currently unavailable.

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Gateway Arch National Park Protocols

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.

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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 Tram Ride to the Top, documentary film and Old Courthouse are currently unavailable.
This phased 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.
No. The Tram Ride to the Top, Documentary Movie and Old Courthouse are currently unavailable.

We are working closely with the National Park Service to reopen the Arch in phases based on health milestones. The National Park Service is monitoring and assessing local and state health data and trends to determine the park’s Phase II reopening of the tram and movie experiences. We will share updates here at gatewayarch.com when that reopening date is announced.
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.
We are working closely with the National Park Service to review the latest health data from local and state health authorities. While we take the time review this data, reservations for the tram ride and documentary movie experiences will remain unavailable.
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.
  • 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.
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 dividers 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.
Per the re-opening plan, the Old Courthouse is part of a later reopening phase and remains unavailable at this time.
The Gateway Arch is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.