Operating Hours & Seasons


The Old Courthouse is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the winter, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Summer hours start the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and run until the day after Labor Day and are 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission is free. The Ticketing Center for the Arch at the Old Courthouse is open from 8:30-5:00 p.m. in the winter, and from 7:30-8 p.m. in the summer.

Winter Hours
For most of the year, the Gateway Arch is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A timed ticket is required to enter the facility. The first tram to the top of the Arch departs at 9:50 AM and the last tram of the day departs at 4:50 PM. We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Summer Hours
The remainder of the year from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Arch is open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The trams to the top of the Arch run from 8:15 a.m. to 9:10 p.m. Visitors wanting to avoid the busy late-morning and mid-day periods should take advantage of the less crowded evening hours to visit the Gateway Arch.

Security Note:
Due to security measures at the Gateway Arch, all visitors to the Arch must pass through an airport style security checkpoint. No weapons--including firearms, knives, pepper spray, mace, or electronic weapons--are allowed. If you have pre-purchased your tram ticket, please arrive at least 30 minutes before your tram time.

When to Visit
Summer is high season at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Come early, or come late (the crowds are light during the evening). Make a day of it -- plan a visit to another of the city's terrific attractions. During August and September, the crowds thin out as kids return to school. Fall is a busy time due to many group tours. The day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days so be sure to arrive early!

Winter is a perfect time to visit! There are no lines for the trams, no waiting for movies, and the weather is surprisingly mild. Prolonged periods of extremely cold weather are rare, and in fact, records show that the temperature doesn't get lower than 32 degrees more than 25 days throughout the winter!

When spring returns, so do the group tours. In May and early June, there are light crowds with minimal waiting. The weather is mild and the extended hours give your plans flexibility.

Normal Daily Mean Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)*

January - 29.3
February - 33.9
March - 45.1
April - 56.7
May - 66.1
June - 75.4
July - 79.8
August - 77.6
September - 70.2
October - 58.4
November - 46.2
December - 33.9

Average Percent of Days with Sunshine*

January - 50%
February - 52%
March - 54%
April - 56%
May - 59%
June - 66%
July - 68%
August - 65%
September - 63%
October - 60%
November - 46%
December - 53%

*Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Museum Closure Notice Questions and Answers
Museum of Westward Expansion Closure and the Old Courthouse as
the Gateway Arch.Ticket and Visitor Center During Construction.

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