Please note: Visitors now enter the Arch through the west entrance, which faces Fourth Street and the Old Courthouse. The Gateway Arch legs are now exit only.


Gateway Arch Visitor Center

Top of the Arch

The top of the Gateway Arch is not wheelchair accessible. To reach it and return, you must manage a minimum of 96 steps, which are separated into 6 flights of stairs. Please be aware you may need to stand 30-60 minutes or longer, especially during the busy summer season. There are no restrooms or benches at the top of the Arch. Service animals (as defined by the US Departmentment of Justice) are permitted.

Museum Under the Arch

  • In the museum there is a replica of the final piece of the Gateway Arch. Inside, livestream video screens replicate the experience as much as possible for visitors who cannot make the trip to the top.
  • The museum exhibits have multiple accessiblity features, including tactile exhibits and interactive computer simulations that are visitor directed through a touchscreen.
  • Assistive Listening devices for museum exhibits are available at the entrance desk.
  • Free wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. A state ID will be taken as collateral and returned to the owner when the wheelchair is returned.
  • Service animals (as defined by the US Departmentment of Justice) are permitted.



  • Sign language interpretation for live programs is available with one week advanced notice. Please call 314-655-1614.


  • The paved paths that cross the grounds are fully accessible.

Old Courthouse

The Old Courthouse is currently closed for renovations.

The Levee and Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard

There are around 65 steps in the Grand Staircase between the Arch Grounds and Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, which is next to the levee. Two ramps provide an accessible path from Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard to the Gateway Arch grounds. The parking spaces on the cobblestone levee are not accessible due to the slope.

For further information, please contact us through our information line at 314-655-1600, or call Missouri relay at (voice) 1-800-735-2966. Missouri Relay provides services for those who are hearing impaired.

Access Pass

If you are a U.S. citizen and have a permanent disability, you may obtain a free Access Pass at the Gateway Arch Information Desk. The pass allows free admission to federal areas which charge entrance fees and may provide reductions for other fees.

Last updated: June 26, 2022

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11 North 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102


314 655-1600

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