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"Only Permanent Structure of the 1904 World's Fair" Top 5 Page for this destination Saint Louis Art Museum Tip by deecat

Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis: 12 reviews and 25 photos

  Saint Louis Art Museum
by deecat

The Saint Louis Art Museum is the only permanent structure of the 1904 Fair and was designed by the famed architect, Cass Gilbert. It was then called the Palace of Fine Arts and is a combination of Classical and Renaissance architectural elements.

Construction began in 1902 and took one year to complete. It is constructed of gray limestone, and the main building's entrances are marked by Corinthian columns and lunette windows. Interestingly, the central space of the interior, Sculpture Hall, was modeled after the Roman Baths of Caracalla!

Galleries are arranged on the east & west sides In addition, this museum is the first municipally-supported art museum in the nation and admission is free to all.

The museum's location is just ten minutes from downtown St. Louis in the Forest Park along with the Zoo, the Science Center, and the history Museum.

Free gallery tours are given and usually last about 45 minutes at 2:00 pm Tuesdays through Sundays. There is a popular Museum Restaurant which overlooks Sculpture Terrace. Richardson Memorial Library, located within the Art Museum, owns over 80,000 catalogued volumes and is opened to the public from 10am-5pm Tuesday through Friday
MAIN LEVEL houses American & European Painting and Sculpture, Ancient & Islamic Art, Asian Art, Sculpture Hall, Shoenberg Exhibition Galleries

SOUTH WING includes the membership offices, Museum Cafe

Includes African Art, American & European Decorative Arts, Period Rooms, Native American Art, Oceanic Art, Pre-Columbian Art.

Houses the Auditorium, Student Galler, Classrooms, and the Museum Shop
(It is a great Museum Gift Shop where I purchased a metal frog for my garden.)

Displays Modern Art, Contemporary Art, Prints, Drawings, and Photographs.

Home of Richardson Library, Education Offices, Friends Room, and Resource Center.

Address: Forest Park - One Fine Arts Drive
Phone: (314)721-0072

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 7, 2005
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