Important Visitor Reminders: How to Visit the Gateway Arch

Friday August 31, 2018

By Explore St. Louis Guest

ST. LOUIS (August 30, 2018) Visitors to the Gateway Arch should be mindful of recent changes that could affect their upcoming visit.

  • New Arch Entrance: Visitors to the Gateway Arch must enter via the new Gateway Arch Museum and Visitor Center entrance, which faces Fourth Street and the Old Courthouse. The legs of the Arch are now exits only. Please allow at least 30 minutes to go through security on a busy day.
  • New Ticket Center: The ticket center in the Arch Visitor Center is located in the new entry lobby just inside the new entrance. At the ticket counter visitors can purchase Tram Ride to the Top, Documentary Movie and riverboat tickets, as well as various ticket combo packages. The ticket center at the Old Courthouse has closed.
  • Online Tickets: Tram tickets sell out early and often, so visitors are encouraged to purchase advance tickets online at Choose your ticket times, then plan a few extra hours to explore the museum and new green spaces, shop in The Arch Store, or grab a snack in the new Arch dining area – the Arch Café.
  • Ticketing Reminders: Entrance to the Museum at the Gateway Arch is free, and tickets are not required to explore the museum exhibit galleries. Tickets are required for the Tram Ride to the Top, cruises aboard the riverboats and to see the documentary movie Monument to the Dream, which details the construction of the Gateway Arch. Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance of your visit at or by calling 877-982-1410.
  • Parking: Gateway Arch National Park does not have dedicated, on-site visitor parking; however, there are many parking options throughout downtown St. Louis. Visit for a list of preferred parking locations near the Arch and Old Courthouse. Metered street parking is also available around the Arch and Old Courthouse.
  • Visitor Drop-off Areas: Accessible visitor drop-off zones are located at Fourth Street and Chestnut (in front of the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch) and at Fourth Street and Market. Wheelchairs are available at the Gateway Arch for use in the museum, free of charge. Just speak with a National Park Service ranger at the information desk in the Arch Visitor Center to receive access to a wheelchair.
  • Old Courthouse Hours of Operation: The Old Courthouse hours of operation recently changed. It is now open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, year-round.
  • Things to Do: There are so many things to experience after you explore the Museum at the Gateway Arch, take a Tram Ride to the Top and watch the documentary movie. Go shopping at The Arch Store, grab a bite to eat at the Arch Café (located inside the tram lobby) or the Arch View Café (located on the dock of the riverboats), take a one-hour St. Louis Riverfront Cruise on the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch, stroll through the beautiful park grounds, and discover history at the Old Courthouse.

“We are committed to providing our guests a memorable experience when they visit the Gateway Arch,” says Sarah Clarke, director of operations for the Gateway Arch. “Please prepare for your visit by purchasing your Tram Ride to the Top tickets in advance and determining your best parking option before heading to the Arch. The revitalized Gateway Arch National Park is a treat for everyone, and we are so excited to welcome new and returning guests to the park.”

For the latest information about the Gateway Arch, Old Courthouse and the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch, visit or call 877-982-1410.

About the Gateway Arch: The Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse are part of Gateway Arch National Park, located on the riverfront in downtown St. Louis. Gateway Arch National Park features the Tram Ride to the Top, the Museum at the Gateway Arch, Monument to the Dream documentary film, The Arch Store and the Arch Café. The Arch is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. The Old Courthouse is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Programs and events at the park are made possible by the generous support of Jefferson National Parks Association and Bi-State Development. Most programs are FREE of charge and open to the public. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit