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  • Pedestrian Access to the Gateway Arch From Downtown

    Pedestrian traffic on the Chestnut bridge will be closed as of today Monday, March 31, 2014. This will leave the Pine St. bridge as the Arch grounds point of entry to and from the city. The new Walnut St. bridge will open next Friday to foot traffic.

Goods & Services

Museum Shops

The Jefferson National Parks Association (JNPA), a not-for-profit organization, supports Museum Education Programs at the Old Courthouse and Museum of Westward Expansion. The Association operates stores offering a wide selection of books, videos, posters, and educational materials. In addition the Association also provides visitor convenience items such as film, disposable cameras, camera batteries and digital camera media at both the Old Courthouse and the Arch Visitor Centers. Snack foods, pain relievers, breath mints, sun screen and rain ponchos may be purchased at the Arch Visitor Center. The Old Courthouse Shop features materials relating to St. Louis history. For more information call (voice) 314-655-1627 or (voice) 1-800-537-7962. The Museum Store under the Gateway Arch offers a large selection of western history materials. For more information call (voice) 314-678-1530 or (voice) 1-800-537-7962. The Levee Mercantile is an educational exhibit explaining the role of a mercantile in St. Louis during the 1870s. Levee Mercantile offers snacks available in the 1870s such as muffins, fudge and cookies. For more information call (voice) 314-678-1540. Education discounts for schools are available by calling (voice) 314-678-1530 or (voice) 1-800-537-7962. Museum Stores and Levee Mercantile are located in the visitor center lobby and the Old Courthouse; all are run by the Jefferson National Parks Association.

Soda and Water Machines

The Jefferson National Parks Association (JNPA), also provides vending of soda and water for the park visitor in the Arch Visitor Center. Please be aware that there are no restaurants on the Arch grounds. Snack food is available from the Levee Mercantile store. For information about downtown restaurants click here to go to the Convention and Visitors Commission website.

Employees in period costume at the Levee Mercantile Store
Employees in period costume greet visitors at the Levee Mercantile store

Did You Know?

Cast iron fence outside the Old Courthouse, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

During the 19th Century St. Louis was the premier ironwork city. After the great fire, many of its buildings were made using iron framework topped off by beautiful iron ornamentation. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial showcases St. Louis architecture in the Old Courthouse. More...