Gateway to the West

The Gateway Arch reflects St. Louis' role in the Westward Expansion of the United States during the nineteenth century. The park is a memorial to Thomas Jefferson's role in opening the West, to the pioneers who helped shape its history, and to Dred Scott who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse.


A boy playing with a historic toy

Upcoming Events and Programs

Before you visit, check out some of the activities coming up at the park.

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Prussian vases

Artifact of the Month

The Artifact of the Month column gives you a behind the scenes peek at some of the fascinating items in the collections. Check back each month!

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Social Media Connections

Learn how to connect to Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on social media.

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Dred and Harriet Scott


Learn more about the lives of African-Americans living in St. Louis from 1804-1865. St. Louis court records reveal how many sought their freedom here.

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Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer Threat at JNEM

The emerald ash borer threat to the memorial's ash trees and the steps that the park is taking to preserve the Arch grounds.

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Disability symbols


The park welcomes all visitors and makes many efforts to accommodate people with disabilities. Check out the accessibility videos before your visit.

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The Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse from Kiener Plaza


Park rangers and staff share some of their experiences working at the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse.

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