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  • Pedestrian Access to the Gateway Arch From Downtown

    Pedestrian traffic on the Chestnut, Market St. and Pine St. bridges are closed. This leaves Walnut St. as the only point of entry to the Arch grounds from the city. If you park in the Arch garage there is access from the north end of the park. See maps. More »

Museum of Westward Expansion Programs

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Pioneer Program

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Build-Your-Own Program at the Museum of Westward Expansion

Build-Your-Own Program allows teachers to choose two topics related to themes of American westward expansion during the 1800s.

National Park Service rangers will facilitate the use of living history items, such as clothing, tools and documents, in addition to museum exhibits and historic images to teach students about the people, places, and events of American westward expansion during the 1800s.

Pre-visit and post-visit materials have been developed for each topic.

Choose two topics for a 60 minute program:

Lewis and Clark pre-visit activity post-visit activity

Plains Indians pre-visit activity post-visit activity

Mountain Men pre-visit activity post-visit activity

Pioneers pre-visit activity post-visit activity

Reservations must be made 30 days in advance. Call 877.982.1410 for reservations.

Did You Know?

Cast iron fence outside the Old Courthouse, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

During the 19th Century St. Louis was the premier ironwork city. After the great fire, many of its buildings were made using iron framework topped off by beautiful iron ornamentation. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial showcases St. Louis architecture in the Old Courthouse. More...