Museums and Such

After you’ve seen the Saint Louis Art Museum and City Museum, the Pulitzer and the Contemporary, you’ve really just scratched the surface.  St. Louis has a wealth of small museums to entertain and educate:

  • Just across the river from downtown St. Louis, the Native American community of Cahokia was larger than London in 1250 A.D.  One hundred and fifty years later, it had disappeared, for reasons not yet understood. Today the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Midwest. It preserves remnants of the vanished civilization within a 2,200 acre tract. Don’t miss the Interpretive Center.
  • The Missouri History Museum, which was built with proceeds from the 1904 World’s Fair in memory of Thomas Jefferson, houses a variety of exhibits and educational resources focusing on the St. Louis region, the State of Missouri and the American West.
  • The Museum of the Dog in Queeny Park, St. Louis County, is home to the world’s finest collection of art devoted to cat-hating quadrupeds.
  • The Museum of Westward Expansion, on the grounds of the Gateway Arch, helps you explore the world of the American Indians and the 19th century pioneers who helped shape the American West. This museum is about to undergo a dramatic expansion as part of the revitalization of the Arch grounds.
  • The Old Courthouse, within walking distance of the Gateway Arch, offers historical exhibits in a building that housed the first two trials in Dred Scott’s effort to sue for his freedom, a case that helped lead to the Civil War.
  • The Saint Louis Science Center features several exhibits that encourage an understanding of ecology, environment, humanity, technology and space. Popular attractions include a planetarium theater, an aviation gallery, an infomachines gallery, a structures gallery where visitors can rebuild the Gateway Arch and a 700-foot glass-enclosed bridge over Interstate 64 with inset glass floor panels and radar guns to clock oncoming traffic.
  • The Saint Louis University Museum of Art brings together the university’s permanent collection with exhibitions of work by students, faculty, staff, alumni, benefactors and friends of the University,
  • The St. Louis Museum of Transportation – you won’t find a better collection of transportation vehicles in the world than this one.  More than 190 major exhibits.
  • The Scott Joplin House.  This is where the “King of Ragtime” lived and wrote some of his masterpieces from 1901 to 1903.