Missouri History Museum
Originally built in 1913 as the first national monument to Thomas Jefferson, the Missouri History Museum sits at the location that served as the entrance to the 1904 World’s Fair. Today, it houses galleries that focus on the history of St. Louis and features a rotation of several special exhibitions throughout the year.
Stories about the history of the city are told through artifacts and photographs from the Museum’s collections. Visitors can learn about the 1904 World’s Fair, St. Louis’s French heritage, the city’s role in the national civil rights struggle, and the history of its sports teams, including the Cardinals, the Browns and the Blues. Many exhibits feature hands-on activities for kids that bring history to life and allow families to learn together. Suspended from the ceiling of the Grand Hall is the Spirit of St. Louis, sister-plane to Charles Lindbergh’s aircraft. It was used in the 1957 film of the same name, starring James Stewart.
During your visit be sure to inquire about daily events, which may include tours, concerts, lectures, films, and storytelling for children.
The Museum’s restaurant, Bixby’s, specializes in “dining with local influence” and uses produce from around the region. Book a reservation online to secure a table for the popular weekend brunch or a weekday lunch. Stop by the Museum Shop to pick up St. Louis-themed books and gifts and browse locally made products.
The Missouri History Museum is located at the northern end of Forest Park, just west of downtown. It’s open daily, and entrance to the permanent collection is free. Some special exhibits charge a small admission fee. Free parking is available at the Museum and it’s an easy Metro train ride from downtown. Check the Museum’s official website for details about current exhibits.