Gateway Arch: Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

This year marks the competition of a $380-million renovation-and-construction project throughout the Arch grounds, called the City Arch River project. Nearly every aspect of the visitor experience was scrutinized, from the museum to parking lots and walkways. The project serves to connect the Arch to the river on its east side and also to Downtown, on its west.

Accessibility improvements include a more user-friendly access pathway from Kiener Plaza and the Old Courthouse. There’s also a new outdoor amphitheater on the north end of the park.

But some aspects of the experience remain almost unchanged from when the Arch was completed in 1965. The biggest—or, rather, smallest—example is the tram “pods” that carry visitors 630 feet into the air to admire the view from the top of the giant stainless-steel structure. St. Louisians will be able to return to some of their favorite activities on the Arch grounds, including Fair St. Louis over the weekend of July 4. The celebration also marks the unveiling of The Museum at the Gateway Arch, one of the final steps of the renovation project.

1 N. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd
St. Louis, Missouri, 63101
877.982.1410

While You’re In The Neighborhood …

City Museum
Children and adults alike love the eclectic experience of exploring this multi-floor gallery-meets-playground combination.

750 N. 16th St.
314.231.2489

Union Station
As its retail area undergoes a huge renovation, this historic hall and hotel remains open for business. Don’t miss the mesmerizing light show.

1820 Market St.
314.621.5262

National Blues Museum
One of Downtown’s newest attractions, this museum features artifacts and exhibits revolving around the rich music history in St. Louis.

615 Washington Ave.
314.925.0016

Photograph courtesy of Carmen Troesser.

This story originally appeared in ALIVE’s sister publication GUIDED: Downtown. Pick up your complimentary copy.

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