This morning, the Gateway Arch Park Foundation and the National Park Service provided a media tour of the renovations for the Arch's visitor center and museum. Work on the project is supposed to be complete in July 2018 — five years after construction began and nearly three years after the original deadline.
"We have literally connected the Arch to the city it represents," McClure says.
The new entrance to the visitor's center/museum will be between the legs of the Arch, facing the Old Courthouse. In front of that entrance will be a fountain for people outside the exhibit to enjoy.
You can see an artist's rendering below. Today, that fountain is still a construction site (see above).
"With the new orientation, you can come in the lobby, get your ticket, use the restroom, get a drink of water before you go through security," McClure says.
From the glassed-in area (shown in an artists' rendering below), visitors will be able to look out at the Old Courthouse and the rest of downtown.
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