St. Louis is a mecca for writers, actors and artists of all types — and art lovers, too. Three of St. Louis’ best art museums offer diverse and often-changing exhibits to engage the artist or simply the art admirer in all of us. – Dianna Graveman


St. Louis Art Museum

One Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 721-0072

Long regarded as a St. Louis institution in Forest Park near downtown St. Louis, the museum offers free admission to all. Some featured exhibits may have a fee but are free to all visitors on Fridays. The lower level and main level of the museum feature exhibits from across time and around the world — African, Native American, Egyptian, Islamic, Asian and European art, and more. Contemporary and modern art pieces are on the upper level, where iconic art like Andy Warhol’s famous untitled depiction of a Campbell’s soup can are housed. Tours are free every Tuesday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Group tours can be arranged by calling the museum.

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

1 Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63130
(314) 935-4523

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis is thought by many to house one of the finest art collections at any university in the United States. In keeping with its legacy of forming its first collection from artists of the time, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum continues to acquire and display significant work from modern artists today. The museum is part of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, and its collection includes European and American art from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

3750 Washington Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 535-4660

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is just what it says. You won’t find any ancient art of historical significance here. This facility is dedicated to exhibiting the most important work from artists of today. All types of media are represented. Located in the Grand Center Creative and Cultural District, the Contemporary Art Museum hosts three exhibition seasons each year. Tours are available.

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.