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
www.citymuseum.org

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
www.mohistory.org

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
www.stlsoldiersmemorial.org

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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