Arts & Culture

Best Museums In St. Louis

March 22, 2012 8:44 AM

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Our lives are enriched when we learn more about the world around us. The best museums in St. Louis show us parts of our world we may have missed — from Monet’s landscapes at the art museum to fun, interactive exhibits at the City Museum that delight the child in all of us. – Dianna Graveman
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City Museum

701 North 15th Street
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 231-2489

Kids will love the City Museum, a 600,000-square-foot cross between playground and museum. Most of the city’s exhibits are constructed from used materials like old chimneys, bridges, tiles and even two aircraft fuselages — giving the facility a recycled urban feel. The museum’s staff suggests wearing sneakers and comfortable clothing when you visit, since there is a lot of ground to cover and a lot to see — especially if you’re in the company of young ones with a lot of energy! Hold on to your hats: City Museum is home to the world’s largest No. 2 pencil, a whopping 76 feet long and 21,500 pounds! Even adults will love that.

Hours: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday, closed; Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Hours may change depending on holidays or the season, so call ahead or check the Web site to confirm times.

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Missouri History Museum

5700 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 746-4599

With free admission except for special exhibits, a visit to the Missouri History Museum is a great value. Community programs throughout the year include lectures, workshops, films and even musical performances. Theatrical performances, from stage plays to one-performer plays, bring history alive for visitors. Storytelling, films and kid-friendly workshops are regularly scheduled for Scouts and families. Visitors can also enjoy an on-site restaurant and museum shop.

Hours: daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Soldier’s Memorial Military Museum

315 Chestnut Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 622-4550

One of the best museums in St. Louis is also one of the city’s best kept secrets. Historically significant military objects including uniforms, flags, weapons and memorabilia remind us of the sacrifices veterans have made during wartime. Soldier’s Memorial Military Museum exhibits are rotated often, and new donations are always on display, so you’ll want to visit more than once.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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  • J. Madison

    No complaints with those listed but really, no mention of the Gateway Arch, St. Louis Art Museum, Pulitzer Museum, Transport Museum, etc. And, hey, while not strictly a museum, how many cities can boost of the likes the Dental Hygiene Theatre?

  • Ed Golterman

    Soldier’s Memorial should be the Nation’s World War Museum, not Kansas City. Over the last 30 years it has been neglected, damaged, looted, and turned into a place of outdoor festivals-food and booze. These festivals damage street, landscaping the sidewalks. I’ve never seen it open.This explains the small turnouts for the Veterans Day parades. This could have been turned around completely with a big fund raiser for the Memorial, reopening week of Kiel Opera House. Proposed that for years. Kiel was the first USO. Downtown has a hard edge-no heart, no soul, and no class, .

    • Kaori

      Hi Jeff,Brilliant post great idea to bring the museum eiccnptoon of space and interaction into this discussion. What about using some of the new social media tools like custom foursquare badges for your conference, or room check-ins? I was at SXSW and I loved seeing where everyone was and hearing the backchannel talk from attendess’ foursquare and gowalla checkims. I even found people I was looking for that way.

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