St. Louis’ favorite local landmark is ready to return to the spotlight. After five years of construction, the Gateway Arch and its grounds are presenting the final additions to the public with the opening of the new Museum at the Gateway Arch on July 3, 2018.
“I am so excited that all of St. Louis and our many out-of-town visitors are soon going to see this amazing new Visitor Center and Museum with its six new galleries,” says Jenny Nixon, Sr. Vice President of Business Enterprises with Bi-State Development. “So many visitors have asked for more specifics about how Eero Sarineen designed the Arch and its construction; I think they will like the detail that went into that gallery. The one that interests me is ‘Manifest Destiny.’ It tells many interesting stories about westward expansion.”
The July 3 ribbon cutting kicks off at 10 a.m. with Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer, serving as the master of ceremonies. A Grand Opening Celebration will immediately follow from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will include family friendly activities such as live music, a scavenger hunt, face painting, food trucks and face painters.
“I hope everyone comes and visits soon to take pride in the public/private $380 million in Downtown St. Louis and the Gateway Arch National Park,” says Nixon.
The Museum at the Gateway Arch is free and open to the public. Those looking for additional Arch-themed entertainment have on-site options ranging from $7 to $34 per adult which include activities such as taking a tram to the top of the Arch and experiencing the St. Louis skyline from a riverboat on the Mississippi River.
St. Louisans unable to enjoy the newly reopened space during Tuesday’s series of celebrations may visit the updated Arch grounds and museum during Downtown’s Fourth of July week of events. Fair Saint Louis is returning to the riverfront for its annual, free Independence Day parties on July 4, 6 and 7. The Gateway Arch Park Foundation Summer Social on July 5 also includes a myriad of activities sampling the selection available through the organization’s regular programming, including yoga, story time and live music near the Arch at Kiener Plaza.