ALERT: The Tram Ride to the Top of the Arch is TEMPORARILY CLOSED for system improvements until late-April 2017. During the closure, no ticket is required for entry into the Arch facility which includes The Arch Store and the award-winning documentary, "Monument to the Dream". (free showings throughout the day).

 

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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Free Family Fridays at the Old Courthouse 2016

Date: Every Friday

Time: 10am - 11am

Location: Old Courthouse | 11 North 4th Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

Price: FREE

Through September 2, the National Park Service presents Free Family Fridays at the Old Courthouse (11 North 4th Street), an hour-long, theme-based program that offers participants of all ages hands-on opportunities to learn about St. Louis and westward expansion during the 1800s. Children will also create a craft project that relates to the day’s topic. These events are FREE and open to the public. Reservations can be made by calling 877-982-1410.

Weekly themes include:

  • Colonial St. Louis (May 27 and August 5): Participants will discover what it was like in French colonial St. Louis and learn about St. Louis’ founding as a trade post. Craft project: Children will make either a felt French voyageur hat or create an Osage ribbonwork decoration.
  • Lewis and Clark (June 3, July 8 and August 12): Through negotiations with Napoleon, the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France. Soon after, President Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark to explore this new land. Participants will learn about the purchase and the explorers’ interactions with Native Americans on their journey. Craft project: Children will make a French tri-corn hat or an Indian Peace Medal.
  • Mountain Men (June 10, July 15 and August 19): Participants will learn about the mountain men of the Rocky Mountain fur trade era, who are characterized as rugged, individualistic and resourceful. Craft project: Children will make their own felt “possibles” bag or felt moccasins.
  • Pioneers (June 17, July 22 and August 26): Pioneers who traveled overland on the Oregon Trail were seeking a better life and new opportunities in the American West. Participants will explore life on the trail and the many challenges pioneers faced. Craft project: Children will participate in doll making or basket weaving.
  • Plains Indians (June 24, July 29 and September 2): Participants will explore the traditional way of life for many Plains Indians in the 1800s, as both agricultural and nomadic hunter-gatherers. Craft project: Children will make felt moccasins or create jewelry from “trade beads.”

UPCOMING EVENTS

Dred Scott Portrait Painting Workshops

Dred Scott Portrait Painting Workshops

Date: Every Saturday, Sunday

Time: 1:00 PM

Location: Old Courthouse | 11 North 4th Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

Price: FREE

Daily One-Hour Sightseeing Cruise 2017

Daily One-Hour Sightseeing Cruise 2017

Date: Daily

Time: Cruises run throughout the day. Call for times & availability.

Location: Gateway Arch Riverboats, 50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63102

Price: $20/adult (16+ yrs), $10/child (3-15 yrs)

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