How You Can Enjoy the Arch While Its Indoor Activities Are Temporarily Suspended
If you’re planning to visit the Arch and take a Journey to the Top tram ride this winter, please be advised that all indoor activities at the Arch, including entrance indoors, tram rides, Monument to the Dream movie showings and shopping at the Arch Store, will be temporarily suspended beginning Monday, January 4, 2016, due to construction. The Arch will resume normal operations in spring 2016 (exact date TBA).
But, don’t worry! There are still plenty of ways to get your Arch fix during this time. Here are a few ideas:
- Access to the exterior of the Gateway Arch’s South Leg will remain available during this time, so visit the Arch’s exterior! Access the Arch grounds by foot via the Walnut Street Bridge, located near the Old Cathedral.
- You can also take in the Arch from the riverfront, as access to the riverfront via the Arch Grand Staircase will remain open.
- Get a closer peek at the CityArchRiver outdoor construction progress with the brand-new observation platform, located just east of the Old Courthouse in Luther Ely Smith Square.
- Watch Monument to the Dream at the Old Courthouse! This award-winning documentary that details the construction of the Gateway Arch will show daily throughout the day, for free.
- Visit the Old Courthouse’s free exhibit galleries focusing on early St. Louis, Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery expedition and the settlement of the Great Plains, in addition to its newly restored historic courtrooms.
- Take part in the Old Courthouse’s many free visitor programs. Visitors interested in participating in any of these programs should inquire with the ranger at the Information Desk in the Old Courthouse Rotunda:
- Ranger-led walks to the Arch (weather permitting).
- Family Fun program (Saturdays at 10 a.m.), featuring an interactive presentation on westward-bound pioneer groups followed by a craft activity.
- 30-minute Dred Scott mock trial, based on Scott’s second trial held at the Old Courthouse in the 1800s.
- Art and Music in the Old Courthouse (Thursdays, 2-4 p.m.), featuring a ranger-led talk, music and an indoor art project.
- Daily, ranger-led talks and interactive stations.