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, theMissouri History Museum sits at the location that served as the entrance to the 1904World’s Fair. Today, it houses galleries that focus on the history of St. Louis andfeatures a rotation of several special exhibitions throughout the year.
Stories about the history of the city are told through artifacts and photographs fromthe Museum’s collections. Visitors can learn about the 1904 World’s Fair, St. Louis’sFrench heritage, the city’s role in the national civil rights struggle, and the history ofits sports teams, including the Cardinals, the Browns and the Blues. Many exhibitsfeature hands-on activities for kids that bring history to life and allow families tolearn 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 samename, 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” anduses produce from around the region. Book a reservation online to secure a table forthe popular weekend brunch or a weekday lunch. Stop by the Museum Shop to pickup St. Louis-themed books and gifts and browse locally made products.
The Missouri History Museum is located at the northern end of Forest Park, justwest 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 theMuseum and it’s an easy Metro train ride from downtown. Check the Museum’sofficial website for details about current exhibits.