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Missouri History Museum

Discover the spirit of St. Louis at this museum devoted to the city’s story.

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.


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The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis $159
Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019
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The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis

The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis

212 N Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0

    Nice choice of restaurants, the pool area was closed and there was really no place to go outside. Very nice hotel overall, I will return there next time in St. Louis

    Moonrise Hotel $169
    Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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    Moonrise Hotel

    Moonrise Hotel

    6177 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO
       
      4.7 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Amazing themed property. Staff were so friendly. Very convenient location.

      The Parkway Hotel $139
      Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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      The Parkway Hotel

      The Parkway Hotel

      4550 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis, MO
         
        4.3 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0

        7th and 8th floors recently renovated. Property is safe and close to Forest Park and Wash U.

        2bd, 1Ba Family Suite Near Forest Park, Wash U and The Delmar Loop
        2bd, 1Ba Family Suite Near Forest Park, Wash U and The Delmar Loop

        2bd, 1Ba Family Suite Near Forest Park, Wash U and The Delmar Loop

        St. Louis, MO
           
          0.0 out of 5.0

          This family-friendly St. Louis property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Missouri History Museum and Forest Park. St. Louis Zoo and Washington University are also within 2 mi (3 km). Forest Park Station is 6 minutes by foot and Delmar Station is 18 minutes.

          Classy 2bed 1bath Condo by Forest Park, Washu & The Delmar Loop in St Louis!
          Reviewed on Nov 2, 2018
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          Classy 2bed 1bath Condo by Forest Park, Washu & The Delmar Loop in St Louis!

          Classy 2bed 1bath Condo by Forest Park, Washu & The Delmar Loop in St Louis!

          St. Louis, MO
             
            5.0 of 5
            0.0 out of 5.0

            Owner very nice and helpful!

            Artsy 1br/1ba Near Forest Park, Washington University & The Delmar Loop!
            Artsy 1br/1ba Near Forest Park, Washington University & The Delmar Loop!

            Artsy 1br/1ba Near Forest Park, Washington University & The Delmar Loop!

            St. Louis, MO
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in St. Louis, this historic property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Missouri History Museum and Forest Park. St. Louis Zoo and Washington University are also within 2 mi (3 km). Forest Park Station is 6 minutes by foot and Delmar Station is 15 minutes.

              Entire 2bed 1bath Condo by Forest Park, Washu & The Delamar Loop in St Louis
              Reviewed on Dec 30, 2018
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              Entire 2bed 1bath Condo by Forest Park, Washu & The Delamar Loop in St Louis

              Entire 2bed 1bath Condo by Forest Park, Washu & The Delamar Loop in St Louis

              St. Louis, MO
                 
                3.0 of 5
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                Experience was satisfactoty

                Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO $140
                Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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                Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO

                Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park, MO

                5650 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  Everything was great. The bed was comfortable. The room was clean. I enjoyed my stay at the Hampton Inn.