Leaders of an effort to transform the Gateway Arch grounds have announced that the last major components of the project, a new museum at the Gateway Arch and an expanded visitor center under the Arch, are expected to be complete in summer 2018.
The visitor center will be expanded by 46,000 square feet, providing more space for educational programming. In the new museum, visitors will be able to learn more about Thomas Jefferson’s vision, Manifest Destiny, Westward Expansion, the Riverfront Era, construction of the Gateway Arch and more through new, interactive exhibits.
The $380 million CityArchRiver project was made possible by a partnership among the National Park Service, Great Rivers Greenway, Gateway Arch Park Foundation (formerly CityArchRiver Foundation), Bi-State Development and Jefferson National Parks Association. The purpose of the project is to create a seamless park experience from the city to the Mississippi River. Several components of the project are already complete, including Luther Ely Smith Square and the Riverfront. The renovated Kiener Plaza opened in May.
“We are excited to be one step closer to completing this incredible new experience for visitors at the Gateway Arch,” said Mike Ward, superintendent of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, National Park Service. “While we had hoped that the project would be completed by the end of this year, it is most important that the project is completed in the right way. When we re-open the museum next summer, we are confident people will see that the wait was worth it.”
Gateway Arch is open to visitors during the renovation. Guests can make the Journey to the Top, shop in the new Arch Store and watch the documentary, “Monument to the Dream.”