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St. Louis: Art Museums

St. Louis is a cultural playground. The burgeoning art scene includes a long list of art galleries, multiple art foundations and alliances, and some of the finest museums in the nation. With new exhibits and events happening every week, there’s always something to explore and inspire.

The St. Louis Art Museum is the main attraction in the St. Louis art scene. The museum features a large range of works, including 19th century European art, decorative arts, ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Byzantine art, and a comprehensive collection of photographs, prints, and drawings. The museum offers a great series of classes, seminars, and exhibitions, and admission to the museum is always free. An expansion project is in the works, with plans that allow for more galleries, public spaces, and parking. The expansion is set to open in early 2013.

St. Louis is also home to the Kemper Art Museum, the St. Louis University Museum of Art, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Another great landmark in the St. Louis art community is the Grand Center, considered by many to be the heart of St. Louis culture. The Grand Center is a 4-block area dedicated to art and culture. It features 12 galleries and museums, the St. Louis Craft Alliance, and over 1,500 events every year.

Entrance to most museums and galleries is free, allowing visitors to immerse themselves into the St. Louis art scene without spending a lot of money. There are many organizations dedicated to supporting local artists, nurturing artistic growth within the city. With around 100 art galleries, museums, and foundations in St. Louis and the surrounding areas, this city is one of the best in the country for artists and art enthusiasts. (Courtney Minor)

St. Louis Art Museums: Art Museums Around St. Louis

Below are our St. Louis Art Museum recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, museum history and other points of interest in St. Louis Art.

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (St. Louis, MO)

Part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum has one of the finest university collections in the United States. With strong holdings of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century European and American paintings, sculptures, prints, installations, and photographs, the collection also includes Egyptian and Greek antiquities and more than one hundred Old Master prints. ...more...

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts is an organization and venue for the realization of a multitude of art works and forms.  The work of some of today’s foremost artists, architects, and sound and space designers is featured here. Every aspect of the venue examines the relationship of people to art and art to its surroundings, and the arts venue to …more…

Saint Louis Art Museum

The building that houses the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) was originally designed and built by renowned architect Cass Gilbert for the 1904 World’s Fair. The current Museum building is only part of what was a larger Palace of Fine Arts, which included a portion for temporary use only.

The Museum itself has been around since 1879, when it was a …more…

Saint Louis University Museum of Art (St. Louis, MO)

The building that houses the Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA) dates to 1900, when it was built to house the St. Louis Club, one of the city’s most exclusive social clubs. After a fire in 1925, the club left the building, which changed hands numerous times before SLU purchased it for use as the home of the SLU Graduate School …more…