Museum of Westward Expansion Offers Final Opportunity To Visit Before Closing Feb 16.

Wednesday February 11, 2015

Musem of Westward Expansion Entrance

On the close of business Monday, February 16, the local St. Louis gem, the Museum of Westward Ward Expansion will be closing it’s doors to make way for an entierly new museum exhibits and visitor experience in association with the CityArchRiver 2015 project .

The museum, which has remained largely unchanged since it first opened in 1976, will receive a complete overhaul. When the museum reopens visitors will be able to explore new interactive exhibits designed by Haley Sharpe Design. The exhibits will look at colonial St. Louis,Thomas Jefferson’s vision, the St. Louis riverfront, Manifest Destiny, new frontiers and construction of the Gateway Arch. The Arch and the museum will also receive a new entrance. Construction is expected to be complete in spring 2017.

Musem of Westward Expansion 2015 Rendering

“After nearly 40 years, it’s time to say goodbye to the Museum of Westward Expansion,” said Ann Honious, chief of Museum Services and Interpretation at the Arch. “Although we are losing a St. Louis gem, we look forward to bringing visitors into the 21st century, and are committed to continuing to tell the stories of westward expansion and the Gateway Arch in modern, engaging and compelling ways.”

The Gateway Arch will remain open and will continue to offer Journey to the Top tram rides during this time; however, due to the limited capacity of the entire Gateway Arch facility, a timed ticket will be required to enter the Arch beginning Monday, March 2. Journey to the Top tram ride tickets or Arch Entry-Only tickets can be purchased in person at the Old Courthouse or online at

Beginning March 2

  • The Old Courthouse will serve as the Ticketing and Visitor Center for the Gateway Arch during construction.
  • A Journey to the Top ticket will include a tram ride as well as the award-winning documentary Monument to the Dream (based on availability). For guests not wanting a tram ride, the Arch Entry-Only ticket will allow access into the Arch facility and admission to Monument to the Dream.
  • During the winter, the Old Courthouse is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the Arch is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the summer (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day), Old Courthouse is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; the Arch is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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