ALERT: The Gateway Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center has relocated to the Old Courthouse at 11 N. 4th Street. The walking distance between the Old Courthouse and the Arch entrance at the SOUTH leg is approximately 0.3 miles (7 minutes of average walking time). EACH guest planning to enter the Gateway Arch will be required to have EITHER a Journey to the Top ticket or an Arch Entry-Only ticket to be allowed access to the facility.  Tram tickets will sell out early and often - advance tickets are strongly recommended.

Please Note: The Museum of Westward Expansion, located under the Gateway Arch is closed for significant renovations. Certain artifacts from the Museum are on display in exhibit galleries at the Old Courthouse.


Humans of the Gateway Arch, Part 2

January 18, 2018

Categories: Development , Gateway Arch , National Park Service , St. Louis , Things to Do

As we count down the days until the grand opening of the Museum at the Gateway Arch and the monument’s new visitor center in July, we’re spotlighting a few of the dedicated and hardworking employees who help make the Arch such an amazing place to visit, work and play. Meet a few more “Humans of the Gateway Arch.” (And click here to read part one of this series!)

Mike Johnson, a stock clerk at The Arch Store, is responsible for stock room operations and ensures the store has what it needs to run smoothly every day. The St. Louis native has worked at The Arch Store for the past five years. “We are like a little family here,” he says of his relationship with his co-workers. Mike loves talking with amazed tourists who have just seen the Arch for the first time or folks bursting with excitement after taking the tram ride to the top. When Mike isn’t working, he enjoys taking advantage of all the free attractions St. Louis has to offer, especially the Saint Louis Zoo, the Missouri History Museum and the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park.


Lindsey Erb began her career at the Arch in 2005 as a cashier. Today she leads various teams in promoting and marketing our favorite stainless-steel monument as the marketing & communications manager for the Gateway Arch/Bi-State Development. She believes the best part about her job is the opportunity to promote such a notable landmark. “I love the Gateway Arch because it’s steadfast and always there,” Lindsey says. “It’s like a beacon when you cross the river showing you the way home.”  When Lindsey is not brainstorming new ways to attract visitors or keeping up with her active 2-year-old, she loves to travel and cover her cubicle wall with souvenir photos.


Ranger Coty Stief has worked for the National Park Service since he was a senior in high school. He first served as a park security guard, then a park dispatcher, before moving to his current role as a national park ranger (protection). Ranger Stief loves his job because each day is different, and even if he’s having a bad day, his job allows him to spend time in a “fantastic urban park.” He is proud of the Gateway Arch and how it defines STL, not to mention he met his wife of 10 years at the Arch. “This national park is directly linked to the city’s essence in a way that no other national park is,” he says.


On a visit to the Arch, you might overhear Leah Kostencki command folks to “say cheese!” as she snaps photos of excited Arch visitors. Leah’s passion for photography led her to work with Photogenic, the official photography company for the Gateway Arch. She recently accepted Photogenic’s Arch venue manager position. Leah enjoys interacting with people from all over and helping them make memories in a city that she loves. She grew up just across the river in Collinsville, Ill., and remembers driving to St. Louis almost every weekend as a kid to explore the city. “I love the pride everyone has in the city of St. Louis,” she says. “Oh, and Imo’s Pizza of course!”

Want to join these fabulous folks on the Arch team? Visit and see if there’s a fit for you!





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