St. Louis Museums & History

St. Louis Museums & HistoryExplore the rich history of the Gateway to the West! St. Louis is known for being the starting point of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition, but its roots go even deeper. Learn about the city's art, history, and culture at some of the top museums and historical sites in the state of Missouri.

Gateway Arch
Known as the icon of St. Louis, the Gateway Arch marks the doorway to the United State's Westward Expansion. Ride an elevator to the top for a birds-eye view of this beautiful city, or explore the museum, theater or tours found near its base.

Address: 707 North First Street, St. Louis, MO 63102 - MAP
Phone: (877) 982-1410
Web: www.gatewayarch.com

Science Center
The St. Louis Science Center ranks as one of the top science centers in the nation. This center is free to the public and contains top-of-the-line modern technology, including its out-of-this-world Planetarium.

Address: 5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110 - MAP
Phone: (314) 289-4400
Web: www.slsc.org

Art Museum
Immerse yourself in art from across the world and across the ages at the St. Louis Art Museum. Originally part of the 1904 World's Fair, this art museum has grown over the decades into one of the top national art museums.

Address: 1 Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110 - MAP
Phone: (314) 721-0072
Web: www.slam.org

Missouri History Museum
One-of-a-kind historical artifacts are housed at the Missouri History Museum, including items from the Lewis and Clark Expedition and a replica of Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis." Stop by for music, films, lectures and even story time.

Address: 5700 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63112 - MAP
Phone: (314) 746-4599
Web: www.mohistory.org

City Museum
Part sculpture, part museum and all fun! Visit City Museum for a unique experience, with entertainment for all ages. See the circus, the aquarium and the world's largest pair of men's underwear all in one building.

Address: 701 North 15th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 - MAP
Phone: (314) 231-CITY
Web: www.citymuseum.org

Old Courthouse
Part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the Old Courthouse is remembered for its many historically significant cases-including the Dred Scott trial. For over 150 years, this prominent building has been open and serving the public. Now, it serves as a museum.

Address: 11 North Fourth Street, St. Louis, MO 63102 - MAP
Phone: (314) 655-1600
Web: www.nps.gov

Eugene Field House & St. Louis Toy Museum
Visit the city's first historic house museum, the Eugene Field House & St. Louis Toy Museum which contains a variety of material related to the Dred Scott trial and his lawyer, Roswell Field, as well as toys, books and furniture dating back to that time period.

Address: 634 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102 - MAP
Phone: (314) 421-4689
Web: www.eugenefieldhouse.org

Museum of Transportation
How do you like to get around? The Museum of Transportation has any method you'd like, including a sizeable collection of antique cars, boats, planes, locomotives and railroad equipment.

Address: 2967 Barrett Station Road, St. Louis, MO 63122 - MAP
Phone: (314) 965-6885
Web: www.transportmuseumassociation.org

Museum of Westward Expansion
Located underneath the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion contains photographs and memorabilia of St. Louis's historic riverfront.

Address: 11 North Fourth Street, St. Louis, MO 63102 - MAP
Phone: (314) 655-1700
Web: www.nps.gov

The Campbell House Museum
Travel back in time when you visit the most accurately restored 19th century building in America. The Campbell House Museum contains original furniture, photographs, paintings and clothing from the Campbell family and is a perfect example of opulent Victorian-style life during the 1880s. This elegant house is known as the premier historic property museum in St. Louis.

Address: 1508 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 - MAP
Phone: (314) 421-0325
Web: www.campbellhousemuseum.org

The Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis
Bring your magnifying glass to the smallest tourist attraction in St. Louis. The Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis is devoted to miniatures of all sizes, from small to itty-bitty to teeny-tiny. Visit the gift shop, take a class, or attend the twice-yearly Gateway Miniature Fair. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Address: 4746 Gravois Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63116 - MAP
Phone: (314) 832-7790
Web: www.miniaturemuseum.org

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Jefferson Barracks Historic Park

Address: 533 Grant Rd. St. Louis, MO 63125 - MAP
Phone: (314) 544-5714
Web: www.friendsofjeffersonbarracks.com

Museum of Contemporary Religious Art

Address: 221 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103 - MAP
Phone: (314) 977-7170
Web: www.slu.edu