• Looking up at the Gateway Arch


    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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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 »

Plan A Field Trip

Student tries on uniform similar to those worn by members of Lewis and Clark expedition.  Ranger answers question from group of students seated on floor.

Museum Education Program in Museum of Westward Expansion

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Free Museum Education Programs (MEPs)

MEPs are fun and interactive! National Park Service rangers use living history items, museum exhibits and other resources to bring history to life for students and scouts.

MEPs are developed to meet local, state and national curriculum guidelines for social studies and language arts.

Click on the links below to learn about specific programs offered at the the Gateway Arch, Old Courthouse, and Riverboats.

Museum of Westward Expansion (Gateway Arch)
Old Courthouse
Gateway Arch Riverboats

Thirty-day advance reservations are required. New! Call 877.982.1410, ext. 0 to make reservations.

Oh, and the best part; MEPs are FREE! Thanks to our cooperating partnership with Jefferson National Parks Association, education programs and resources are funded through sales at the Museum Store, Levee Mercantile and Old Courthouse Gift Shop. There is a boarding fee for programs aboard the Gateway Arch Riverboats.

Groups are welcome to plan self-guided tours. Click here for more information on how to prepare for a self-guided program.

Did You Know?

Dinosaur cartoon

On September 10, 1804 on Cedar Island, in South Dakota, William Clark discovered the fossilized remains of the ribs, backbone and teeth of a plesiosaur. Plesiosaurs were animals who lived at the same time as the dinosaurs, but swam rather than walking on land. Clark thought it was a giant fish bone! More...