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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 $129
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis

The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis

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

    Located in Central West End, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Forest Park, Barnes Jewish Hospital, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. St. Louis Zoo and St. Louis Science Center are also within 2 mi (3 km). Central West End Station is 14 minutes by foot and Forest Park Station is 24 minutes.

    Brick House BY Forest Park/wash U $375
    Brick House BY Forest Park/wash U

    Brick House BY Forest Park/wash U

    St. Louis, MO
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in St. Louis, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Missouri History Museum, Forest Park, and The Loop. St. Louis Zoo and Washington University are also within 2 mi (3 km). Forest Park Station is only a 3-minute walk and Delmar Station is 12 minutes.

      Kasa Clayton Apartments
      Kasa Clayton Apartments

      Kasa Clayton Apartments

      5510 Pershing Ave, St. Louis, MO
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in DeBaliviere Place, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Missouri History Museum and Forest Park. Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Forest Park Station is 9 minutes by foot and Delmar Station is 21 minutes.

        Moonrise Hotel $129
        Moonrise Hotel

        Moonrise Hotel

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

          Situated in the historical district, this romantic hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Zoo, and Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Missouri Botanical Gardens and Arboretum and Busch Stadium are also within 9 mi (15 km). Delmar Station is 6 minutes by foot and Skinker Station is 9 minutes.

          Family Suite 2bd, 1Ba Near Forest Park, Wash U and The Delmar Loop $111
          Family Suite 2bd, 1Ba Near Forest Park, Wash U and The Delmar Loop

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

          St. Louis, MO
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly St. Louis condo building is located in DeBaliviere Place, within 1 mi (2 km) of Missouri History Museum, Forest Park, and The Loop. 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.

            Upgraded Brick House, Sleep 9, Walk to Washu/delmar Loop/forest Park/zoo
            Upgraded Brick House, Sleep 9, Walk to Washu/delmar Loop/forest Park/zoo

            Upgraded Brick House, Sleep 9, Walk to Washu/delmar Loop/forest Park/zoo

            St. Louis, MO
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in St. Louis, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Missouri History Museum, Forest Park, and The Loop. Washington University and St. Louis Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Forest Park Station is 8 minutes by foot and Delmar Station is 11 minutes.

              Classy 2bed 1bath Condo by Forest Park, Washu & The Delmar Loop in St Louis! $104
              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
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in DeBaliviere Place, this historic condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Missouri History Museum, Forest Park, and The Loop. 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.

                Spacious 2BR 1BA by Forest Park, Washington University & The Delmar Loop! $111
                Spacious 2BR 1BA by Forest Park, Washington University & The Delmar Loop!

                Spacious 2BR 1BA by Forest Park, Washington University & The Delmar Loop!

                St. Louis, MO
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in DeBaliviere Place, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Missouri History Museum, Forest Park, and The Loop. 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.