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The Best Museums In St. Louis, Missouri
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The Best Museums In St. Louis, Missouri

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Updated: 24 November 2016
Missouri is unofficially known as the Show Me State, and do they have a lot to show you. A lot of the state’s greatest finds can be discovered in their major city, St. Louis. Read our list to discover some of the best museums in St. Louis, MO.
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Sculpture at Laumeier Park | ©David McSpadden/Flickr

Laumeier Sculpture Park

The artistic park sits on 105 acres of beautiful, green land. The park is free and open for visitors to walk around the grounds and observe the oversized sculptures. The creative collection features pieces that have been on display for decades, all ranging in size, style, and origin. The museum also has rotating exhibitions throughout the year. Laumeier hosts many events, such as an art fair and harvest festival, in addition to many educational programs, including workshops, summer camps, and classes. Take a walk in the park while enjoying art in the open air.

Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Rd. St. Louis, MO, USA, +1 314 615 5278

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Museum of Transportation | ©Missouri Division of Tourism/Flickr

Museum of Transportation

Discover planes, trains, automobiles, and more at this St. Louis history museum. Visitors can take a guided tour at the Museum of Transportation to learn about a different side of history. Look at some of the oldest trains and cars in history, in addition to a few boats and planes as well. Guests can even take a train ride tour. This is an ideal locale for children of all ages, and many birthdays are frequently celebrated at this inexpensive spot. Move through history at this St. Louis favorite.

Museum of Transportation, 3015 Barrett Station Rd. St. Louis, MO, USA, +1 314 615 8668

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St. Louis Art Museum | ©CWMc/Flickr

Saint Louis Art Museum

Discover everything from ancient American art to classic European pieces to modern photographs at the St. Louis Art Museum. Open six days a week and free to the public, the museum offers nearly 20 different collections, including an exquisite sculpture garden, and about a dozen rotating exhibitions. Take a free, guided tour to learn about the museum, specific pieces, history, and more. Many programs and events are hosted here, including Family Sundays, which offers tours and hands-on activities for kids. The museum itself is a work of art, and many special events often take place at the facility.

Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Dr. St. Louis, MO, USA, +1 314 721 0072

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Missouri History Museum | ©Philip Leara/Flickr

Missouri History Museum

It’s not often that you find a museum dedicated to only state history. Explore the preserved history while learning about the Show Me State, and learn about the construction of the famous St. Louis Arch or the history of the 1904 World’s Fair. The museum, which offers free admission, also hosts numerous educational programs and fun events, including storytelling, music performances, family nights, and more. Locals can learn about the place they call home, and travelers can discover the grand past of a great city.

Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis, MO, USA, +1 314 746 4599

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Play Structure at City Museum | ©This Is Awkward/Flickr

City Museum

Though this city space is referred to as a museum, it’s more of an industrial wonderland. Converted from an old shoe factory, welders and sculptors created this quirky and artsy funfest. The creative amusement park comes complete with a Ferris wheel, giant playground, and ten-story slide. Not just for kids, people of all ages can enjoy the four stories of fun. Be sure to wear loose clothes that you don’t mind getting scuffed up, in addition to comfortable close-toed shoes. Kneepads and elbow pads wouldn’t hurt either! The ‘museum’ is completely safe, but is made out of city materials such as iron, metal, and more.

City Museum, 750 N. 16th St. St. Louis, MO, USA, +1 314 231 2489