HOURS OF OPERATION DURING CONSTRUCTION
TRAM SHUT DOWN
The trams in the Gateway Arch will be closed beginning Monday, November 28 with a tentative reopening in March 2017. The National Park Service will be replacing the electrical drive units in both the north and south trams.
OLD COURTHOUSE:Building hours: During the winter (Labor Day to Memorial Day Weekend), the Old Courthouse will be open from 8am to 5pm. During the summer (Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day), the OCH will be open from 7:30am to 8pm.
Ticket Center hours: During the Winter, sales begin at 8:30am and end at 4:45pm.During the Summer, ticket sales will begin at 7:30am and end at 7:45pm.
GATEWAY ARCH: Building hours: During the winter (Labor Day to Memorial Day Weekend), the Arch will be open from 9am to 6pm.During the summer (Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day), the Arch will be open from 8am to 10pm.
During the winter, the ticket booth outside the leg and cashier within the Arch will open at 9am and end sales at approximately 5:35pm.During the summer, these cashiers will be available to guests from 8am to 9:35pm. We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
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