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.
Upcoming Events and Programs
Before you visit, check out some of the activities coming up at the park.Read More
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!Read More
Social Media Connections
Learn how to connect to Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on social media.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The park welcomes all visitors and makes many efforts to accommodate people with disabilities. Check out the accessibility videos before your visit.Read More
Park rangers and staff share some of their experiences working at the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse.Read More
Did You Know?
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...