The CityArchRiver project is winding down with only three remaining contracts underway and two more nearing design kick-off. Two of those contracts are the construction and renovation work of the nearly 150,000 square feet museum and visitors center and its exhibits. The museum will have a new feature connecting the visitor center and museum to downtown via a new west facing entrance and the land bridge over I-44. The new museum exhibits will be updated with interactive, engaging features and a focus on St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the United States. Galleries will include:
- Colonial St. Louis – the founding of St. Louis and indigenous and Creole culture before the Louisiana Purchase;
- Jefferson’s Vision – how St. Louis shaped the west; Manifest Destiny – trails, settlers, and conflicts;
- The Riverfront Era – steamboats create an American metropolis at St. Louis and its lasting identity;
- New Frontiers – railroads, industry, and the myth of the West in culture;
- Building the Gateway Arch – the monument, its story, and symbolism. Interactive story galleries guide visitors from past to present.