• 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.


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Take a walk through the past with JEFF’s PastCast tours! Visualize St. Louis’ past and experience what happened on the historic grounds of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Established in 1764, and growing into a vital and booming outpost on the western edge of a new country, St. Louis was America’s Gateway to the West during the 19th Century. Many of the era’s most exciting events took place in the vicinity of where the Gateway Arch stands today.

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Available Tours

"Colonial St. Louis"

"After Lewis and Clark, 1804-1820"
featuring the music of Traveler's Dream

"A Budding City, 1820s-1830s"
featuring the music of Traveler's Dream

"Westward Ho! 1840s-1850s"

"A River City, 1860s-1870s"


Did You Know?

Drawing of Dred Scott from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1857

In 1846, a slave named Dred Scott sued for his freedom at the St. Louis Courthouse. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where the verdict set the stage for the Civil War. Today, the Old Courthouse is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Click to learn more about Dred Scott. More...