St. Louis museums offer culture and entertainment for a variety of interests and curiosities. Museums in the fall season have new and enlightening displays and exhibits for every audience. Whether you are an art lover who wants to lose yourself in the richness and beauty of the masters or just planning an outing for the family, you will find something to suit in St. Louis.
701 N 15th St
St. Louis, MO 63103
There is something to be said for letting the child in you live throughout artistic expression. That’s just what you get when you visit the City Museum in downtown St. Louis. Children of all ages, and adults who may still want to relive some youthful experiences, will always find the opportunity to do so at the City Museum. Create a masterpiece in Art City’s free-for-all studio and mingle with artisans there who help make the museum into a unique atmosphere that is one of a kind. Whether it’s a tour of the rooftop Atop The City, the Natural History exhibit of insects, rocks minerals and fossils or a crawl through the almost under-water aquarium, there is no limit to the fascination to be found under the roof of this special place.
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St. Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
The St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park should be the cornerstone of every museum goer’s itinerary. The fall lineup of exhibits is full of beauty and variety. Laleh Khorramian’s New Media Series began in July and runs through October 21st. Khorramian merges traditional drawing and printmaking with stop-motion animation. Over 14,000 prints, drawings and photographs come to the Art Museum on September 28th and display the works of Italian artists from the last half of the 16th century. “The Drawn in Copper, Italian Prints in the age of Barocci” collection runs through January 13, 2013. The “Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master” exhibit comes to the Art Museum on October 21st and runs through January 20, 2013. Enjoy the works that inspired European masters from the 16th to 18th centuries.
Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112
Get to know the real George Washington in a way you have never known him before. The Missouri History Museum is bringing an exhibit that will tell the story of the father of our country through personal artifacts, dioramas, full-scale figures, documents and manuscripts that will accurately uncover his intellectual pursuits, family legacies and entrepreneurial ventures. The “Discover George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon” display is certain to bring you closer to the real man who is one of America’s most famous. The exhibit runs from October 19th through January 20, 2013.
Laclede’s Landing Wax Museum
702 N 2nd St
St. Louis, MO 63102
What museum tour would be complete without a look at Laclede’s Landing Wax Museum? Where else can you combine an exhibit of world history with pop culture? Housed in an 1885 cast-iron facade warehouse building, listed as a national history landmark, are the likes of movie stars, presidents, world and religious leaders, royalty and super heroes. Future figures will include Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Stan Musial and Oprah. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon on the Landing.
The Museum of Transportation
3015 Barret Station Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
Learn everything about the evolution of transportation at the Museum of Transportation in west St. Louis County. See over 70 different types of locomotives and its ever expanding collection of autos, buses, streetcars and aircraft. Enjoy the Oldsmobile Fun Show on September 30th; a delight for auto enthusiasts, without question. Explore the Brass and Nickel Show on October 7th and check out the Museum of Transportation Wheels and Wine event on November 10th. The Creation Station lets kids explore all modes of transportation and miniature train rides are available March through November.
The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
1721 S Mason Road
St. Louis, MO 63131
The AKC Kennel Club Dog Museum in Queeny Park is 14,000 square feet of artwork dedicated to dogs and dog lovers. Original paintings, drawings and sculptures adorn the facility and pay tribute to man’s best friend. On June 1st, a retrospective of the works of Stephen Huneck opened, demonstrating unique furniture pieces and dynamic woodcuts. In September, the museum hosts a series of Guest Dog of the Week programs beginning on the 8th and winding up on the 30th.
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