A statue of St. Louis’ namesake, King Louis IX of France, stands guard in front of the city’s Art Museum.
With a history reaching back to 1764, St. Louis has stories to tell. Whether you’re interested in the city’s beginnings, its architectural gems or its thriving arts scene, you’ll find a collection of renowned museums to feed your curiosity. While there are many to explore, here are a few favorites near our hotel.
The magnificent Fine Arts Palace of the 1904 World’s Fair is now home to the Saint Louis Art Museum with its more than 30,000 works of art from antiquity to the present. Collections span six continents providing insightful views into global cultures throughout time. Take a docent-led tour of the permanent collection, or select from several self-guided family-friendly tours.
Missouri History Museum
Engaging stories tracing the city’s beginnings in 1764 to the present day are told through permanent and short term exhibits. Artifacts from the 1904 World’s Fair, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and Charles Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight are on view. The museum’s neoclassical building opened in 1913, and was constructed as the first national monument to honor Thomas Jefferson’s role in the Louisiana Purchase.
Contemporary Art Museum
Innovative works of art and diverse perspectives are presented along with imaginative programs and educational activities. Designed for a range of audiences, exhibits change frequently, and special events such as gallery evenings with live music and stroller tours are frequently offered.
Museum of Transportation
Situated on 129 acres, the Museum of Transportation showcases one of the world’s finest collections of transportation vehicles and memorabilia, from rare and classic cars, trucks and streetcars to one-of-a-kind artifacts. A fascinating view of American rail history is revealed from more than 70 steam, diesel and electric locomotives, freight and passenger cars. All aboard the children’s miniature train!
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Housed in architect Tadao Ando’s light-infused building, the Pulitzer presents an ever-changing range of exhibitions from Old Masters and Buddhist art to modern and contemporary artists. Partnerships with artists, curators and leaders in the arts and sciences bring together dynamic collaborations that explore art in everyday life.