The National Park Service and its partners welcome all visitors and make many efforts to accommodate people with disabilities in the Old Courthouse, the Gateway Arch complex, and on the park grounds. The park has accessible exhibits and programs and offers various assistive devices.
Regretfully, we do not offer access for wheelchairs, scooters, or strollers to the
Designated accessible parking spaces are available in the Arch Parking Garage on Washington Avenue, at the north end of the Arch grounds. There are 3 city blocks between the garage and the Arch Visitor Center entrance.
RVs and other vehicles over 7 feet high, which cannot enter the garage can drop off passengers at the Old Cathedral parking lot on South Memorial Drive. Parking for oversize vehicles is available on Lenore K. Sullivan Drive, south of the Poplar Street Bridge.
The top of the Gateway Arch is not wheelchair accessible. To reach it and return, you must manage a minimum of 96 steps, although the are separated by 6 flights of stairs. You may need to stand for 20 minutes at a time, especially in the busy summer season. There is no seating or restrooms at the top of the Arch.
Visitors on the autism spectrum and their companions will find useful information in this social story about coming to the visitor center and riding to the top of the Arch.
Most of the first floor of the Old Courthouse is accessible to wheelchairs, but the upper floors of the Old Courthouse are reachable only by climbing stairs. On the first floor, it is necessary to climb two stairs to enter the theater or the Museum Shop.
Steps above the first floor:
The floor level changes in the upper floors, and single steps separate these different levels.
The Levee and Lenore K. Sullivan Boulevard
For further information, please contact us through our information line at 314-655-1700 or e-mail us through our website at www.nps.gov/jeff. Missouri relay at (voice) 1-800-735-2966 provides services for those who are hearing impaired.
Did You Know?
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...