African Americans played significant roles in the founding of the American West, and the Gateway Arch is a monument to all who helped create our nation. The Museum of Westward Expansion, located beneath the Arch, has a display on the Buffalo Soldiers and other black pioneers who conquered the western plains. After visiting the museum, take a tram ride to the top of the Arch for a view 630 feet high above the mighty Mississippi River.
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I enjoyed my visit to the museum however the workers were very rude and disrespectful. They threw rocks at me when I rode the buffalos and wouldn't come down. I don't know why they would do this, I just wanted to have a real experience. I just wanted to know what the Westward Expansion was like, but I can tell you one thing, it sucked ass.
When I entered the building I asked if it was the Museum of Westward Expansion because I did not see a sign with that name. The park service staff told me it used to be under the Arch and it closed but some of the exhibits are now in the Old Court House, which is the building marked in Google maps (March 2017). I was confused but I toured the museum anyway. I learned so much about the St. Louis area, Dred Scott and westward trade and exploration. Some of the exhibits are a little old and I did not see newer, updated interactive exhibits for kids, but I still encourage families to take children. All the kids I saw were having fun! I enjoyed the exhibits and the architecture. I'm not sure if this location is mislabeled on Google or something. I'm still confused about where I spent my afternoon but I had fun!
I ever visited this place on Oct 2010. i have some photos.
Some interesting info about St. Louis and it's history
This courthouse should be visited by anyone willing and able to receive its lessons, which may serve to expose the festering wounds of slavery to the healing air of just aspirations.
The old museum was better! Glad I got to see it before it became"new and better"
Lots of really nice exhibits. I don't know if it's as kid-friendly as I remember, but you can tell they put a lot of effort into making it interesting and accessible. Really neat, but I'd probably leave the under 10 kids at home unless they really like history.
Hosted in the Old Courthouse of Saint Louis, it offers comprehensive information on the origin of the city and on its function as gateway to the Western regions of the USA through the 19th century. Slavery of African people and their fight for freedom is also very well discussed. Highly recommended and definitely worth the half day visit.
I enjoyed the museum. It has interesting and high quality exhibits. There were a lot of visitors but the exhibits are spacious and it never felt crowded. Good job NPS and St. Louis.
My fiancé and I stopped here on the way home from a trip to check it out! Had a blast even though it was raining!
Top notch! Excellent spot to hear and learn about the history of St. Louis. Popular tourist spot!
Lots to see here, beautiful museum, the rotunda is gorgeous. Some videos and lots of information about Dred Scott and his wife and their fight for freedom.
Loved it! Lewis and Clark story is just the beginning of this museum.
This is a great free exhibit. But the most interesting thing is the building itself. Museum at the Arch has the same information better presented.
Atmosphere was good. Nice experience. Infrastructure was beautiful.
This place no longer exists. It is closed due to Covid and also, they moved the content to the Gateway Arch museum. I was really looking forward to the Lewis and Clark content, but that has been toned down and made more focused on St Louis being the hub of westward expansion. Also, I carry a pocket knife and pepper spray ( have a CCW but don't carry) and they wouldn't allow that at the Gateway Arch Museum. They said they can throw my stuff away or I can put it in my car, a mile away ($100 of stuff in the garbage, no thanks). The terrorists have won lol. What a pain. They should offer a storage option, charge $5 for a locker or something.
(Note: The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial changed its name to the Gateway Arch in 2018.)
Get your ticket and go. And don't even think about skipping...read this and 211 more