The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is located in Downtown St. Louis Missouri along the Mississippi Riverfront. The Memorial includes the Gateway Arch, the Westward Expansion Museum and the Old Courthouse. The site is also a National Park and run by the National Parks Service.
The Gateway Arch, is a monument to commemorate the Western expansion by the United States and is our Nation's tallest monument. A visit to the Arch is not complete without riding one of the innovative trams to the top. The trip to the top of the 630 feet high stainless steel Arch takes about 4 minutes. A fee is charged for the ride.
The Westward Expansion Museum is located under the Gateway Arch. It features artifacts from the Lewis and Clark Expedition, letters and documents about the Louisiana Purchase, exhibits on the native Americans that lived in the Mississippi River Valley, as well as photos and a documentary movie on how the Arch was built. There is no charge to visit the museum.
When the new Civil Courts Building was built, the Old Courthouse was no longer needed and St. Louis deeded it to the Federal government which eventually turned it over the National Parks Service. It was included in the plans for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in 1941. Today, visitors can view exhibits that trace St. Louis' history and learn about the historic slavery trial of Dred Scott and his wife Harriet that was held there. It is listed on the National Park Service's National Underground Railroad "Network to Freedom" because of the Dred Scott case. There are also two restored courtrooms, one restored to its 1860's appearance and the other to its 1910 appearance. There is no charge to visit the Old Courthouse.
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial National Historic Site
Downtown St. Louis Missouri 63102