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.


Old Courthouse Hosts George Washington’s Birthday Ball

February 22, 2017

WHAT: On Saturday, February 25, the National Park Service commemorates George Washington’s birthday with an authentic birthday celebration from 1857 that includes live music and a historical dance workshop. This event is free and open to all ages, and will take place in the Old Courthouse Rotunda. Historical dress is not required to participate.

“George Washington is a pivotal figure in American history, from serving as the Continental Army’s commander-in-chief during the Revolutionary War to serving as our nation’s first president,” says Rhonda Schier, Chief of Museum Services and Interpretation at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. “We invite visitors and park neighbors of all ages to the Old Courthouse to celebrate his birthday with this very special party in the style of an 1857 St. Louis celebration.”

WHEN: Saturday, February 25, 2017

  • 9-11 a.m.: Dance workshop featuring popular dance steps of 1857 led by instructor Deborah Hyland.
  • 12-4 p.m.: Washington’s Birthday Ball, with live music by The Independent Silver Band. Cookies and hot cider will be served.

WHERE: Old Courthouse, 11 North Fourth Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

COST: Free and open to the public.

Journey to the Top tram rides at the Gateway Arch are temporarily suspended to replace the motor generator sets and upgrade the tram’s electrical system. The Visitor Center, The Arch Store, Monument to the Dream documentary film and riverfront via the Arch Grand Staircase remain available to visitors during this time. Tram rides will resume in spring 2017. Please note: During the temporary suspension of tram operations, entrance to the Arch Visitor Center is free, and tickets are not required.

A list of downtown St. Louis parking locations within walking distance of the Old Courthouse is available at Metered street parking is also available around the Old Courthouse. Visitors are encouraged to check for up-to-date information on road detours and construction news before their visit.

Visit or; or call 877-982-1410. Reservations are not required, but large groups should call 314-655-1614 to alert the Old Courthouse of their attendance. 

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