The New Gateway Arch National Park Experience: FAQ
As we inch closer to the grand opening celebration of the Museum at the Gateway Arch on July 3, we’re answering some visitor questions in regards to the new experience.
Q: When will the Museum at the Gateway Arch open?
A: The museum will open to the public at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, following its official ribbon cutting ceremony that starts at 10 a.m. that day.
Q: How much will the museum cost to enter?
A: The Museum at the Gateway Arch is free, and a ticket is not required to enter the museum or Arch visitor center. However, as in the past, tickets are required for the Tram Ride to the Top and documentary movie, which can be purchased online at www.gateawayarch.com/buytickets. It’s strongly recommended to purchase your tram tickets in advance as tram rides sell out early and often.
Q: Will the Arch stay open during Fair Saint Louis?
A: Yes, the Arch will remain open during Fair Saint Louis, but please note these changes to the Arch’s hours of operation the week of July 2nd (last tram leaves approximately one hour before closing):
- Monday, July 2: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 3: 12-10 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 4: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Thursday, July 5: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Friday, July 6: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Saturday, July 7: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Q: I’m visiting the Arch soon. Where can I park?
A: Downtown St. Louis has so many parking options, and parking spaces are always available. Visit http://getaroundstl.com for a list of preferred parking locations throughout the area, including options near the Arch and Old Courthouse. You can also download the Gateway Arch Park Foundation’s app for parking details. Just search “Arch Park” in the App Store.
Q: Is the Tram Ride to the Top handicap accessible?
A: Although the Tram Ride to the Top of the Gateway Arch is not fully accessible for guests with mobility impairments, as no wheelchairs, scooters or strollers are permitted on the Observation Deck, a new exhibit in the Arch tram lobby – the keystone exhibit – gives people who are unable to go to the top the experience of being at the top. The replica keystone, which includes authentic windows and the red aviation safety light, will broadcast a live feed from the top of the Arch. The Museum at the Gateway Arch is ADA compliant and incorporates universal design so everyone of all abilities can experience it.
Q: Where can I get food at the Arch?
A: The Arch Café, located in the Arch tram lobby, will soon open to the public. Its menu will include St. Louis-style ribs, hamburgers, panini sandwiches and toasted ravioli, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options. The Arch View Café, located on the dock of the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch, is open April through October and serves a variety of items including hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches, wraps, chicken strips, ice cream sandwiches and funnel cake fries.