Gateway Arch Museum and Visitor Center

Gateway Arch Museum and Visitor Center


As part of the winning team for The City + The Arch + The River 2015 international design competition, Cooper Robertson and James Carpenter Design Associates, with Trivers Associates, is designing an expanded and renovated Gateway Arch Museum and Visitor Center. Located at the base of Eero Saarinen’s iconic Gateway Arch within the National Park Service’s Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the underground Museum has suffered from a lack of visibility and is in need of a more relevant and contemporary narrative.

The Museum will expand west towards downtown with a new entrance opening onto a redesigned and expanded Luther Ely Smith Square that will span over the interstate. The design for the expansion and renovation of the Museum strengthens the physical connections between the City and the Arch by means of a dynamic plan that is organized along a linear spine with security, visitor services and amenities at the entry level, followed by a narrative exhibition that leads to the Arch itself on the lower level, and culminates in a tram ride to the Top of the Arch. Nearly 45,000 square feet of new museum space will be added and over 100,000 square feet of existing space to be reconfigured into new exhibition galleries, public education facilities, and visitor amenities. The trip through this exhibit merges seamlessly with the trip up the Arch, and provides a coherent and meaningful context for viewing St. Louis, the River, and out to the West.


  • National Park Service
  • CItyArchRiver Foundation
St. Louis, Missouri
Site Area
150,000 square feet
Completion Date
Construction Cost
$106 million
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Landscape Architecture

  • Haley Sharpe Design Exhibit Design

  • Trivers Associates Associate Architect

  • James Carpenter Design Associates Entry Architect

  • KJWW MEP Engineering

  • Alper Audi Structural Engineering

  • Eckersley O’Callaghan Fa├žade Engineering

  • Shen Milsom & Wilke Audiovisual

  • Tillotson Design Associates Lighting Design

  • Jaffe Holden Acoustics