A guide to the museums of Saint-Louis
Whether you are interested in the arts, science, history, or just need a place for the kids to play and learn a thing or two, there is a museum in the area to explore. Many spaces are still at partial capacity or on an adjusted schedule due to COVID, so be sure to check the current times and health restrictions before you go.
St. Louis Museum of Contemporary Art: Located in the Grand Center Arts District, this 27,000 square foot space designed by Brad Cloepfil is the perfect backdrop for contemporary works, including interactive exhibits and screenings. Free art lectures, expert guest tours, and studio art programs for teens are among the many ways to further engage with the works on display. 3750 Washington Boulevard
Hall of Fame and International Museum of Photography: Each year, the IPHF honors photographers and industry professionals with a place in the Hall of Fame and presents them in an accompanying exhibit. But the museum also offers other shows throughout the year for visitors. Past highlights include Beyond the Lens: A Woman’s Perspective and Baseball: America’s Game, Art, and Objects. 3415 Olive Street
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum: Part of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, the Kemper Art Museum focuses its efforts on collecting important works of art from the era. . These efforts have helped to create a solid collection of paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs from the 19th century to the present day. 1 Brookings Dr.
Museum of Contemporary Religious Art: St. Louis University’s MOCRA presents itself as the first museum to focus on the interfaith of contemporary art. The rotating exhibitions featured photographs, paintings, sculptures and more, all related to religious themes and the artists’ personal spiritual journeys. 3700 boul. W. Pine
Pulitzer Arts Foundation: At the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, contemporary art and historical pieces are placed in conversation inside a remarkable building designed by Tadao Ando. A museum without a collection, the Pulitzer showcases works from all times and around the world to engage visitors and spark conversations. 3716 Washington Boulevard
Saint-Louis Art Museum: “Dedicated to art and free for all” is the message engraved on the facade of the Saint-Louis Art Museum, and it continues to live up to this credo after over a century. Art Hill Palace is home to large and small works from around the world, and the collection is complemented by special installations and exhibitions throughout the year. 1 Fine Arts Dr.
Saint Louis University Art Museum: This nearly 20-year-old museum located on the SLU campus has works by modern masters such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol among those in its permanent collection. In addition to the many modern offerings, the museum specializes in Jesuit art and artifacts and has an impressive collection of ivory and jade pieces from China and Japan. 3663, boulevard Lindell
City Museum: Sure, climbing one of the coolest jungle gyms and zooming in on multi-story slides sounds like kid’s stuff, but trust us when we say adults will find a lot to love. in this urban wonderland designed by artist Bob Cassilly. The City Museum is a local treasure and a great place for all ages to learn, play and, most importantly, explore. 750 N. 16th Street.
The Magic House: Toddlers love The Magic House for its hands-on displays, many ways to play, and, well, its magic. Parents love that this kid-friendly fun house is as educational as it is entertaining. 516 S. Kirkwood Road
Myseum: Nestled in the village of lamps and lanterns in town and country, this children’s museum offers hands-on learning experiences covering concepts such as strength and movement, energy and animation, as well as exciting simulation game opportunities. Kids can try out being the zoo vet, jump around a dinosaur dig site, or build with giant blocks as they please. 283 Village of the Lamp and the Lantern
Campbell House Museum: Originally the home of successful fur trader Robert Campbell and his family, Campbell House has been restored to its late 1880s glory. The historic building, open to visitors since 1943, is full of decorative art and family history works, including period clothing, furniture and paintings. 1508 Locust Street
Chatillon – DeMenil House: This Greek Revival-style mansion, which once housed the founding families and pioneers of St. Louis, is now a beautifully preserved space that gives visitors the chance to take a peek at magnificent furnishings while learning about old French Saint-Louis, the fur trade, the Universal Exhibition and other exciting turning points in the history of the house and the city that surrounds it. 3352 Pl. Déménil
Field House Museum: The first historic house museum in St. Louis, the Field House Museum opened in December 1936 to preserve the story of Eugene Field, “the children’s poet” and his father, Roswell Martin Field, Dred Scott’s lawyer when he sued for his family’s freedom in 1853. 634 Broadway Street
Samuel Cupples House: Located on the campus of St. Louis University, this late 1880s house originally belonged to Samuel Cupples. Today it is home to art galleries featuring fine and decorative arts, including the Eleanor Turshin Glass Collection. The McNamee Gallery also features exhibitions by SLU students and professors and guest artists. 3673 West, boul.
Scott Joplin House State Historic Site: Exhibits of the life and times of the great ragtime great Scott Joplins can be found in his former apartment on Delmar Boulevard, which he rented from 1901 to 1903. Visitors can enjoy the sounds of the king of ragtime on an authentic mechanical piano while touring the house. 2658, boulevard Delmar
Basilica-Cathedral of Saint-Louis: The Basilica-Cathedral of Saint-Louis is a work of art in itself, housing one of the largest collections of mosaics in the world. But a museum on the lower level of the cathedral basilica offers exhibits on the design and installation of mosaics and various objects used in church rites. It also houses the basilica’s original Kilgen organ console and the throne used by Pope John Paul II during his visit to St. Louis. 4431, boulevard Lindell
The Griot Museum of Black History: What began as the Black World History Wax Museum in 1997 has grown into a comprehensive museum that features artifacts, art objects, memorabilia, and interactive learning experiences in addition to the vast collection of wax figures, all dedicated to telling the stories of black history and culture. 2505 avenue Saint-Louis
Lewis & Clark Museum & Boathouse: This essential stop on the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail sits on the banks of the Missouri River and features a one-of-a-kind replica and two dugout canoes in its large boathouse. 1050 S. Riverside Dr.
Museum at the Gateway Arch: Travel back in time from Colonial St. Louis to the construction of the iconic Gateway Arch in the galleries of this museum at the foot of the historic structure. Tons of audiovisual components tell the story of the area, and for those afraid of heights, a keystone replica with live webcams from the top of the arch recreates the view from above. 11 N. 4th St.
Missouri History Museum: All ages can find something to explore and enjoy at the Missouri History Museum, where exhibits range from the thrilling history of St. Louis music to the 1904 World’s Fair and a hands-on history club full of opportunities to pretend play. 5700, boulevard Lindell
National Blues Museum: In addition to all the tech-driven artifacts and experiences celebrating this uniquely American genre, the National Blues Museum on Washington Avenue is also home to a state-of-the-art theater and regularly hosts events such as the concert series. in the evening and blues brunch. 615 Washington Avenue
National Museum of Transport: Planes, trains and automobiles are the name of the game at the National Museum of Transport, where visitors have been able to see classic and historic modes of transport since 1944. It is now recognized as the largest collection of transport vehicles around the world. 2933 Barrett Station Road
Soldiers Memorial Military Museum: Soldiers Memorial honors the service and history of veterans and their families across the region with both short and long term exhibits. Apart from the galleries, the building itself and the Cour d’honneur are also the subject of weekly open-air architecture and history tours. 1315 Chestnut Street
St. Louis Aquarium: Union Station is home to this 120,000 gallon aquarium showcasing sharks, jellyfish, river fish and more through a series of habitat-based exhibits. And it’s more than just tanks full of fish. Visitors can observe playful river otters, feed hungry turtles, or get acquainted with sharks and rays in the touch pools. 5050 Oakland Avenue.
St. Louis Science Center: This sprawling complex, which includes the McDonnell Planetarium and an Omnimax Theater, is the perfect place to have fun for all ages and cover the worlds of science and technology. Take a trip back in time with life-size dinosaurs, peek into the future in Mission: Mars, or take a seat at the Omnimax for documentaries like no other. (Pro tip: The theater also sometimes offers less educational rates, such as the Harry Potter and James Bond films.)
St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum: Boasting one of the largest collections of team-specific memorabilia and artifacts in the world, this Ballpark Village museum is a Cardinals fan’s paradise. See stadium replicas, shirts and artifacts from great moments in Cards history in the shadow of Busch Stadium. 700 Clark Avenue
World Chess Hall of Fame: The Temples of World and American Chess Fame may be the main events in this midwestern chess mecca, but the chess-themed restaurant and setting displays, International backdrops and the history of the game should not be missed. 4652 Maryland Ave.