Upcoming Events and Programs

Ranger outside of the Arch giving a program. Arch is in the background.

SUMMER PROGRAMS
Extended summer hours: Saturday, May 28th through Labor Day, Monday September 5th, the Gateway Arch operates in extended summer hours of 9 a.m. till 8 p.m. daily. The last Tram Ride To the Top of the Arch leaves approximately one hour before closing.

Throughout the summer, park rangers will offer these FREE programs:

  • Ranger-led outdoor walking tours, daily at 10:15, 11:15, and 4:15. Learning history is just a walk in the park! Join a ranger for a 30-minute stroll and learn about the history of the area. Meet the ranger at the visitor center entrance plaza. Tours may be moved to the Lobby or canceled due to weather or staffing.
  • Morning running tours, Mondays at 7 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Looking for someone to run with in an unfamiliar city? Join the ranger for a 2-mile run in the park. Learn about the history of the park along the way. Meet the ranger at the visitor center entrance plaza.
  • Ranger-led indoor museum tours, every day at 1:15 and Mondays-Thursdays at 2:15 and 4:15 (dependent on staffing - check signage when you arrive). Explore museum themes with the people who know them best during a ranger-led museum tour. Rangers may go to several exhibits in the museum, or may do a deep dive into an individual topic. Each day's topics and program times will be posted in the museum and on information boards throughout the Gateway Arch complex.
  • Puppet programs, Fridays Saturdays and Sundays at 2:15 and 3:15 starting in late June. Ranger Redstone and friends are back and ready for some fun in this family-friendly program. But watch for that ol’ grizzly bear! Puppet shows will be in the education classroom near the museum entrance.
  • Interactive tactile activities, daily at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m (dependent on staffing - check signage when you arrive). Stop by for some hands-on history in the museum. Topics vary by day.
  • Coffee with a ranger, Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., June 18 - August 13. Join in a discussion and question/answer session on designated park themes. Purchase a coffee at the Arch Café (optional) then meet the ranger or special guest at the Café to enjoy your drink and conversation.
  • Gateway Arch Yoga, July 16, July 23, and August 6 at 9:00 a.m. Join the ranger and a yoga instructor for yoga with a theme. Learn many quick nuggets of history while holding some of your favorite yoga positions. Meet near the visitor center entrance. The program will be held indoors on the mezzanine if it rains.

Schedules will be posted at the park providing the day's activities, times and locations.


Ranger-Narrated St. Louis Riverfront Cruises: Daily, May 28-September 5th at noon and 1:45 p.m.
An NPS ranger assists the riverboat pilot in leading the one-hour St. Louis Riverfront Cruise aboard the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch, located below the Arch on the St. Louis Riverfront. This cruise highlights the history of the St. Louis and the role the Mississippi River plays today. $24/adults; $14/kids ages 3-15; $22/seniors (ages 60 and older); free for kids 2 and under. Get your tickets here! Rangers will not be on the boat 6/16, 7/7, 8/18, or 9/15.

ARCH VISITOR REMINDER
Visitors to the Arch must enter the monument at the west entrance, which faces the Old Courthouse. The Arch legs are exits only. Entrance to the Arch Visitor Center and the Museum at the Gateway Arch is free. All visitors must pass through an airport-style security checkpoint to get to the lower level of the Arch facility.

 
Ranger is in the Building the Arch gallery giving a program.
MUSEUM TOUCH STATIONS
Daily Informal Interpretation Programs
See signage in the museum for program times

Join one of our Park Rangers for a talk on topics such as St. Louis' colonial homes, the fur trade, buffalo parts, wagons, Old St. Louis, wagons, the Arch trams, Junior Ranger hiking safety, construction of the Arch, and many more. Talks last approximately 10 minutes and meet at a variety of locations in the Museum daily.
 
2016 Centennial Pin

EXHIBIT
The “Find Your Park” and Centennial” pin displays celebrate the 248 National Park Service locations represented in the two lapel pin sets. David Kroese of Loves Park, IL collected the pins during visits to these locations in 2016-16, the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary year. Come down to the Arch and check out this one of-a-kind display and see if you have any of the pins from your previous visits to National Parks. The exhibit is located in the lobby next to the Museum Store.

 
 

Upcoming Special Events (Summer 2022)


Saturday, July 2, Sunday July 3, and Monday July 4: Living History Vignettes in the Museum and Fife and Drum Corps on the Mezzanine. Living History volunteers and NPS Staff will be celebrating the 4th of July, 1800s-style. Participants will be dressed in period clothing and teaching visitors about life hundreds of years ago. Visitors are welcome to stop by to talk to the Living History performers and watch their performances. Event will take place in the museum and on the Mezzanine of the Gateway Arch National Park visitor center. Fife and drum corps performances will be at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 on Sunday July 3rd.

Sunday, July 10: Gateway to the Stars program: Kids Explorer Night. At 6:45, NPS Park Ranger Richard Fefferman will assist children ages 5-12 in earning their Junior Ranger Night Explorer patches and in building their own Galileoscopes that they can bring home. The Galileoscopes are based on the principles of the one built by the famous astronomer. Space is limited - email richard_fefferman@nps.gov to reserve your spot. From 8-10 pm, free telescope viewing will be available outside the west main entrance (weather permitting). See Gateway to the Stars: Kids Explorer Night (nps.gov) for more information.

Saturday, July 16 Gateway Arch Yoga. Join the ranger and a yoga instructor for yoga with a theme. Learn many quick nuggets of history while holding some of your favorite yoga positions. Meet at 9:00 a.m. near the visitor center entrance. The program will be held indoors on the mezzanine if it rains.

Saturday, July 23 Gateway Arch Yoga. Join the ranger and a yoga instructor for yoga with a theme. Learn many quick nuggets of history while holding some of your favorite yoga positions. Meet at 9:00 a.m. near the visitor center entrance. The program will be held indoors on the mezzanine if it rains.

Saturday, August 6: Gateway Arch Yoga. Join the ranger and a yoga instructor for yoga with a theme. Learn many quick nuggets of history while holding some of your favorite yoga positions. Meet at 9:00 a.m. near the visitor center entrance. The program will be held indoors on the mezzanine if it rains.

Sunday, August 14: Gateway to the Stars program: The New James Webb Space Telescope. At 6:45 in the education classroom, come learn about the brand new instrument, its "first light", and new discoveries it has already made. From 8-10 pm, free telescope viewing will be available outside the west main entrance (weather permitting).

Saturday, September 3: Gateway to the Stars program: Lights Out Heartland. At 6:45 p.m. in the education classroom. This features a coalition of attractions in the region that focus on combating light pollution, which can harm birds and other forms of wildlife. From 8-10 pm, free telescope viewing will be available outside the west main entrance (weather permitting).

Saturday, October 8: Ghosts of the Arch Grounds. Once a French colonial village and then primarily a warehouse district, the area of Gateway Arch National Park has always been central to the history of St. Louis. Learn about some major events, both great and tragic, that shaped the history of the area. From 8-10 pm, free telescope viewing will be available outside the west main entrance (weather permitting).

 

Keep checking this page for more information about future events
Fee Free Days in 2022
Martin Luther King Day January 18
1st Day of National Park Week April 16
Great American Outdoors Day August 4
National Park Service Birthday August 25
National Public Lands Day September 24
Veterans Day November 11

Last updated: June 28, 2022

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