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.

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Old Courthouse Celebrates George Washington with Historic Birthday Ball

January 23, 2018

WHAT: On Saturday, February 24, the National Park Service honors George Washington and his significance in American history with an authentic birthday celebration. Washington’s Birthday Ball includes live, 19th-century 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.

“After leading the Continental Army to victory during the Revolutionary War, George Washington was elected president of the convention that wrote the U.S. Constitution – the cornerstone of our nation’s governing system – and eventually became our nation’s first president,” says Rhonda Schier, Chief of Museum Services and Interpretation at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. “We’re marking this Founding Father’s birthday with a special party, and invite visitors and park neighbors of all ages to experience how St. Louisans celebrated his birthday in 1858 at the Old Courthouse.”

WHEN: Saturday, February 24, 2018

  • 9-11 a.m.: Dance workshop featuring popular dance steps of 1858 led by instructor Deborah Hyland.
  • 12-4 p.m.: Washington’s Birthday Ball, with live music by The Independent Silver Band and historical dancing. 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. Visitors are encouraged to drop in as they please.

PARKING AND DIRECTIONS: A list of downtown St. Louis parking locations within walking distance of the Old Courthouse is available at http://getaroundstl.com. Metered street parking is also available around the Old Courthouse. Visitors are encouraged to check www.gatewayarch.com/directions for up-to-date information on directions before their visit.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.nps.gov/jeff or www.gatewayarch.com; 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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