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“Less than expected” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch
Ranked #9 of 253 things to do in Saint Louis
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Westward Expansion closed, pending installation of all new museum exhibits. As of March 2, 2015, entry-only ticket or tram ticket required to enter Arch. The nation's tallest monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch has beckoned visitors since June 1967. The Gateway Arch commemorates Thomas Jefferson and the role St. Louis played in the westward expansion of the United States. A visit to St. Louis isn't complete without standing at the Arch's base and playing professional photographer, but the view from the outside is only half of the experience. Attractions within the Arch include the Journey to the Top (the last tram leaves one hour before closing); educational programs (will be housed at the Old Courthouse); award-winning documentary movie, Monument to the Dream; and a gift shop. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Note: the address shown is for the Old Courthouse which is acting as the Gateway Arch Ticketing and Visitor Center throughout construction. Pedestrian entrance to the Arch Grounds is at Walnut Street at Memorial Drive or via the Grand Staircase from the riverfront.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Brooklyn, New York, United States
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“Less than expected”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

Granted, you can't visit St. Louis without going to the Arch - but don't expect much - it's underwhelming. Long lines to ride up in a miniscule tram to the observation area - which isn't to large, and it's difficult to see out the tiny, high windows.

The museum under the Arch, however, is quite nice.

Visited October 2012
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Battle Creek, Michigan
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“Nice Time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

This is something that you should do if you are anywhere near St Louis, MO. It is very interesting. The only downside is the ride to the top in the small round chamber. But, you can stay at the top as long as you wish.

Visited March 2012
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Kansas, United States
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“Great Attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

We had been to St. Louis years ago when our children were young. At that time we did not "go up" into the Arch. Boy oh boy, we sure missed out!!! We made the trip up to the top this time.......WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!!! Beautiful views all around. The museum was fantastic. The movie about building the Arch is a must-see. A great experience and value.

Visited February 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Arch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

very nice experience. Museum inside to stroll through while waiting for tram to take you to top of arch.

Visited February 2013
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Staten Island, New York
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“a must when visiting st.louis”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

A must when visiting st louis! Be prepared to go through TSA screening upon entering the site. I was surprise to see that their is different things to do. On side is the museum and the other a g ift shop. Its 10 per person to go to the top.

Visited February 2013
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