The National Park Service and its partners welcome all visitors and make many efforts to accommodate people with disabilities in the Old Courthouse, the Gateway Arch complex, and on the park grounds. The park has accessible exhibits and programs and offers various assistive devices. The museum exhibits and media in the six galleries at the Gateway Arch will have multiple accessiblity features for physical and programmatic accessibilty including: tactile exhibits, audio description and computer simulations that are visitor directed through a touchpad.
We do not offer access for wheelchairs, scooters, or strollers to the top levels of the Gateway Arch or the Old Courthouse.
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 by 6 flights of stairs. Please be aware you may need to stand for 30-60 minutes or longer, especially during the busy summer season. There is no seating or restrooms at the top of the Arch. In the new museum there will be a representation of the keystone piece of the Gateway Arch which will replicate the experience as much as possible for visitors who cannot make the trip to the top. In consultation with our universal design citizen group, a keystone hub was designed to house a live feed to replicate the view to the west and east from the top of the observation deck of the Gateway Arch.
Visitors on the autism spectrum and their companions will find useful information in this social story about coming to the visitor center and riding to the top of the Arch.
There is a wheelchair lift on the Broadway entrance of the building (west side). Until the permannent ramp opens, the portable ramp will remain outside of the Dred Scott exhibit gallery doors to provide access to the Old Courthouse via the lift.
Most of the first floor of the Old Courthouse is accessible to wheelchairs, but the upper floors of the Old Courthouse are reachable only by climbing stairs.
Steps above the first floor:
The floor level changes in the upper floors, and single steps separate these different levels.
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For further information, please contact us through our information line at 314-655-1700 or e-mail us through our website at www.nps.gov/jeff. Missouri relay at (voice) 1-800-735-2966 provides services for those who are hearing impaired.
Last updated: April 17, 2019