ALERT: The Gateway Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center has relocated to the Old Courthouse at 11 N. 4th Street. Please note the walking distance between the Old Courthouse and the Arch entrance at the NORTH leg is approximately 7.5 blocks (10-15 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.

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Time for a Total Eclipse

June 29, 2017

By National Parks Services Ranger Rich Fefferman

 

On Monday, August 21, the moon’s shadow will make landfall in Oregon at 10:15 a.m., beginning the United States’ first total solar eclipse since 1979 with Missouri at the center in the direct line of totality.

As the moon passes between the sun and Earth, those in the path of totality will experience up to two minutes of complete darkness. And while downtown St. Louis is about three miles north of the line of totality, the Arch and Old Courthouse are still preparing for the experience. We will host two nights of guest speakers to provide background on why and how eclipses happen, in addition to where you can safely view them.

WHAT: Free guest lectures to prepare Missourians for the total solar eclipse

WHO: Don Ficken, head of the St. Louis Eclipse Task Force, and Dr. Angela Speck, Director of Astronomy at the University of Missouri-Columbia

WHEN: July 2 and August 6 at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Tucker Theater in the Arch Visitor Center

If the skies are clear enough, volunteers from the St. Louis Astronomical Society will provide a free telescope viewing just outside the Arch grounds. You will be able to see the moon, with mountains, plains and countless craters, along with Saturn and its gorgeous rings.

Please note, the event with our featured speakers will go on regardless of the weather. To check the status of the telescope viewing, which could be affected by weather, feel free to call (314) 655-1750 ext. 472 the afternoon of the events.

Journey to the Top tram rides at the Arch will continue to run on these evenings. In purchasing your tickets, you may want to schedule your ride to the top at 7 p.m. or earlier. 

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