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

Washington University, 1 Brookings Drive

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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.

Though the museum itself was only established in 2005, the collection actually dates back to 1881 — with the founding of the St. Louis School and Museum of Fine Arts at Washington University. The architect of the new museum, Fumihiko Maki, created a 65,000-square-foot, limestone-clad structure which more than triples the exhibition space previously available in Steinberg Hall, the former home of the collection.

Since its opening, the museum has organized close to fifty special exhibitions, produced sixteen exhibition catalogs, and has welcomed over 150,000 visitors. (KCE)

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum Information

  • Public Transportation: Good (a short walk from buses 2, 16, and G and the Blue Metrolink at the Skinker Station)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good. Complimentary wheelchairs may be borrowed at the Coat Check on the first floor
  • Hours: Monday, Wednesday–Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (open Fridays until 8 p.m.). Closed Tuesdays and major holidays
  • Admission: Free
  • Tour: Free public tours, walkthroughs, and talks are offered throughout the year. Private tours are also offered for free, and explore special exhibitions and permanent collection galleries
  • Membership: Friend ($60; WUSTL Faculty and Staff $40; Students $20; WUSTL Students Free); Century Club ($100); Director’s Committee ($500); Eliot Society Member ($1,000). Member benefits are tiered with every member receiving a free subscription to FYI, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum newsletter; special announcements for exhibition openings and public events; invitations to members-only events and exhibition previews; free admission and selected benefits at over three dozen art museums through the College and University Art Museum Reciprocal Program; a 10% discount on Museum books and merchandise; and eligibility to participate in special groups for members only, such as Women and the Kemper.