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Top Exhibits To Visit This Summer In St. Louis

May 6, 2013 7:00 AM

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Hiraki Sawa: Migration (photo credit: slam.org)

Hiraki Sawa: Migration (photo credit: slam.org)

St. Louis is a hub of wonderful exhibits on a vast variety of subjects to intrique those of equally vast and varied interests. Summertime offers top exhibits for young and old to take in as part of your summer season’s museum-going adventures.

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The Magic School Bus Kicks Up A Storm
The Magic House
516 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
(314) 822-8900
www.magichouse.org

Dates: Now through May 27, 2013

Everyone loves the Magic School Bus, and there is no more appropriate study of science than weather exhibits that this exhibit offers young aspiring meteorologists. There are three exhibits to be exact. Scientists young and old can get a first-hand look at authentic weather measurement tools, and also get a look at the maps and graphs that help professionals predict the weather. Don’t be deceived or intimidated by the high-tech aspect of weather study because natural weather indicators are also factored into the mix. Don’t wait to put this outing on your calendar because this exhibit is nearing its end as it winds up at the end of May.

Sandcastle Beach
The Magic House
516 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
(314) 822-8900
www.magichouse.org

Dates: May 16 through June 30, 2013

Can’t find a way to make it to the beach this summer for that family vacation? No worries! The Magic House has brought the beach to you. Ten truckloads of sand are the next best thing to that sandcastle loving, beachside paradise. In the backyard of the museum, the St. Louis sun will be shining down on this homemade beach for the ultimate sand box play date. Turn your sea shell hunters loose on “the beach” and let them explore and search for buried treasures hidden in the sand. Build sand castles and enjoy the Midwestern warmth scaled back for a frugal vacationer’s budget.

Once Upon a Time … Exploring the World Of Fairy Tales
The Magic House
516 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
(314) 822-8900
www.magichouse.org

Dates: June 8 through September 27, 2013

Imagination and fantasy are never in short supply at the Magic House. The “Once Upon a Time” exhibit is all about stories and the imagination they inspire. Cultural influences inspired by fairytales are what this nationally touring exhibit seeks to emphasize. Favorites like “Anansi and the Talking Melon,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Cinderella,” “Thumbelina” and “Lon Po Po” are some of the delightful performances awaiting story lovers. This exhibit will run through the summer, so don’t miss it.

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(Photo credit: KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

Mantegna to Man Ray: Six Explorations in Prints, Drawings and Photographs
St. Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 721-0072
www.slam.org

Dates: Now through October 27, 2013

Be one of the first to experience the Art Museum’s initial exhibits of over 14,000 works on paper. The inaugural exhibit features “Mantegna to Man Ray” in two of the main floor’s newest galleries, which feature prints, drawings and photographs. Highlights of this special series include works defined by place and time. Other later exhibits will focus on specific artists such as Pieter Bruegel, George Caleb Bingham and Max Beckman and their innovative talents. Art lovers can expect to be amazed by works of Rembrandt, Degas as well as Mantegna.

New Media Series–Hiraki Sawa: Migration
St. Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 721-0072
www.slam.org

Dates: Now through September 8, 2013

This video exhibition is a unique interpretation of scale through digital photography. Sawa studies movement and has created a seven-minute-long digital video presentation of his vision on this subject. Part of the charm and intrigue of Sawa is how he merges 19th and 21st century imagery. Don’t miss this captivating study of black and white in gallery 301 throughout the summer.

Post War German Art in the Collection
St. Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 721-0072
www.slam.org

Dates: Beginning June 29, 2013

The museum’s newly opened east building proudly offers its maiden exhibit of this dynamic display of diverse post war art. More than 60 works of art, ranging from photography, drawings and prints to paintings and sculpture, are featured by a wide range of artists. Experience the aftermath of the war through the influence of Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polk and Anslem Kiefer. Works of Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, Martin Kippenberger, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky and Candida Höfer are part of this wonderful showcase of art and history.

Related: Top 2013 Museum Exhibitions To Look Forward To In St. Louis

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Between Two Worlds: Veterans Journey Home
Missouri History Museum
225 S. Skinker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 746-4599
www.mohistory.org

Dates: Now through October 20, 2013

The story of the 20th century veteran is a poignant and heartfelt drama that details the struggles to serve and remain connected to the roots of home. Firsthand stories from the veterans themselves chronicle the emotions of the brave who served from World War II to the Iraq War. This wonderful exhibit, which began in April, was developed by students of the Teens Make History Program with help from museum staff members. The exhibit is free to the public.

Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Missouri History Museum
225 S. Skinker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 746-4599
www.mohistory.org

Dates: May 25 through September 3, 2012

Football fanatics are about to be able to immerse themselves in a compilation of gridiron history at the Missouri History Museum. More than 6,000 square feet of memorabilia chronicles the history of America’s most beloved sport. Information on Hall of Fame members, interactive displays and kiosks, vintage uniforms and gear are here for enthusiasts to absorb in reverence for their love of the game. There’s even NFL film footage to watch.

Related: Best Museums In St. Louis

Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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