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Star gaze this summer during Gateway to the Stars events at Gateway Arch National Park

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News Release Date: June 5, 2023

Contact: Pam Sanfilippo, 314-503-0184

NPS with its partners, the St. Louis Astronomical Society and Dark Sky Missouri will host Gateway Arch National Park’s Gateway to the Stars program on select dates beginning Friday, May 26, 2023, through Friday, October 27, 2023.

Each Gateway to the Stars program features a presentation by a guest speaker, followed by telescope viewing of the night sky (weather permitting). The programs will be held inside the Arch Visitor Center or outside on the West Entrance Plaza beginning at 7 p.m. The September 22, 2023, and October 27, 2023, programs will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Animals of the Park
When: Friday, May 26, 2023; 7 p.m.- 9:30 pm
What: Learn about the surprising variety of wildlife that inhabits Gateway Arch National Park.

The Great American Eclipses of 2023 & 2024
When: Friday, June 23, 2023; 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
What: Learn about the two eclipses that will cross the United States on October 14, 2023, and April 8, 2024, and where and how to see them.

Roadmap to the Night Sky
When: Friday, July 28; 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
What: Learn how to find some of the constellations as well as some of the stories behind the summer skies.

Kids Explorer Night
When: Friday, August 25, 2023; 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
What: This annual event features an opportunity for children 5-12 to build and bring home their own working Galileoscope and to earn the special Junior Ranger Night Explorer patch. Space is limited for the Galileoscope workshop. Email Richard Fefferman at e-mail us or call 314.655.1704 for information and to reserve your kids’ spot for the Galileoscope workshop.

Autumn Adventure
When: Friday, September 22, 2023; 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
What: Learn about this fall’s sky events, including the October 14 eclipse, and take a tour of the autumn night sky.

Ghosts of the Arch Grounds
When: Friday, October 27, 2023; 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
What: This beloved program returns as a park ranger discusses the fortunes and misfortunes of people such as Thomas Targee and Kenneth Swyers as well as tragedies such as the cholera epidemic of 1849 and the Great St. Louis Fire.


Visitors to the Arch must enter the monument at the entrance plaza which faces Fourth Street and the Old Courthouse. The Arch legs are exits only. Entrance to the Arch Visitor Center and the Museum at the Gateway Arch is always free. All visitors must pass through an airport-style security checkpoint to get to the lower level of the Arch facility. During the summer season the Gateway Arch and Museum at the Gateway Arch are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Gateway Arch National Park Grounds are open daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Visitors should arrive at the Arch at least 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled tram time. The Tram Ride to the Top of the Arch sells out early and often. Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase tram ride tickets in advance at For more information, visit or, or call 877-982-1410.

Arch parking is available at the Stadium East Garage, located at 200 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102, for a fee. Visit to pre-purchase parking with no validation required. If parking is not pre-purchased, validation is required by scanning/stamping parking ticket at one of two validators located inside the Arch Visitor Center. With each parking purchase at the Stadium East Garage, $1 will go to support ongoing conservation and preservation efforts, educational opportunities, and community programs at Gateway Arch National Park through Gateway Arch Park Foundation.

Metered street parking is also located near Gateway Arch National Park.

ABOUT GATEWAY ARCH NATIONAL PARK: Gateway Arch National Park is a unit of the National Park System that commemorates Thomas Jefferson’s vision of a unified continental nation and St. Louis’ role as the gateway to the American West during the 19th century and preserves the Old Courthouse as the site of the Dred Scott case. The park includes the Gateway Arch, the Arch grounds and the Old Courthouse, located on the riverfront in downtown St. Louis. Admission to the Museum at the Gateway Arch is free, and most programs are free of charge and open to the public. Many programs and events at the park benefit from the generous support from park partners Gateway Arch Park Foundation, Jefferson National Parks Association and Bi-State Development. The Gateway Arch is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the winter season and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer season. The Old Courthouse is currently closed. The park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For more information about Gateway Arch National Park, visit

Last updated: June 5, 2023

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