• Looking up at the Gateway Arch


    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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  • Due to the Industrial Rope Access Project at the Gateway Arch

    Visitors may enter the Arch at the south leg only. Tram rides to the top are still available, the observation deck at the top will have restrictions. Usual walking paths may be closed; please look for signage or a Ranger for walking directions.

Self Guided

Can't schedule a Ranger-led tour? Try our new Scavenger Hunt! (Don't forget the Answer Key).

You may also try a Teacher-led Tour Kit.

The kit includes:

  • A "possibles bag" of hands-on objects for either the Old Courthouse or the Museum of Westward Expansion.
  • A teacher-led guide to use during your visit. Choose from either the Museum of Westward Expansion: Life in the West or the Old Courthouse: St. Louis: Past and Present.

Free videos and DVDs are available for loan for showing in your classroom. Visit our Media Loan page.

Did You Know?

1843 letter

The Museum of Westward Expansion at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial contains over 150 quotes from diaries, journals, letters and speeches. The designers of the museum felt the actual words of nineteenth century pioneers were the most powerful way to tell their story. Click to learn more. More...