The big day finally arrived on Tuesday 3rd July, the new Museum at the Gateway Arch opened to the public. As the exhibition designers, working with the project team for the last eight years, we were extremely proud to attend the official Grand Opening Ceremony.
On hand for the ribbon cutting were Ryan Zinke, secretary of the interior; Mike Ward, superintendent of the Gateway Arch National Park; Sen. Claire McCaskill; Gov. Mike Parson; Sen. Roy Blunt; Mayor Lyda Krewson; St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith; and Susan Saarinen, daughter of Eero Saarinen, who designed the Gateway Arch.
The museum exhibits, designed by hsd, describe the Westward expansion of the United States with new, more inclusive narratives with a focus on St. Louis’ role in this era of the country’s history. Interactive galleries guide visitors through time, from the mid-1600’s to the present.
Visitors to the new museum take a journey through the following galleries: Colonial St. Louis, Jefferson’s Vision, Manifest Destiny, The Riverfront Era, New Frontiers, and Building the Gateway Arch which explore topics that include nation building and identity, immigration and migration, democracy and civil rights, and relationships and vision. In the tram lobby, where visitors wait to go up the Gateway Arch, a 100-foot-wide media wall shows a dynamic video installation of the building of the Arch and scenes of American history and innovation.
It has been a remarkable project to work on for the past eight years and we are proud to have created a unique, memorable and provocative experience that is accessible to all.