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“Fresh Exhibits Keep Things Interesting”

Missouri History Museum
Ranked #24 of 275 things to do in Saint Louis
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Owner description: The Missouri History Museum preserves St. Louis and Missouri history through exhibitions, programs, research, publications, archives and permanent collections. Visitors discover stories of Lewis & Clark and westward expansion, the 1904 World's Fair, the brewing industry, Lindbergh and aviation history, St. Louis' importance to the civil rights movement, and more. Long-term exhibitions include "Seeking St. Louis" and "1904 World's Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward." Visit the Museum's website for information on special exhibitions.
Reviewed 23 September 2012

I enjoyed my latest visit to the Missouri History Museum. It’s free to attend the museum, and there is free parking outside the building. A friendly museum staff member at the welcome desk greeted me as soon as I walked in, and she got me a map and told me about the special exhibit going on. Granted, the special “Civil War in Missouri” exhibit did cost me $10, but it was worth it. The exhibit was great, with plenty of artifacts, interactive features, and a lot of interesting info. Of course, you can go as fast or as slow through the museum as you want, & since I went on a weekday in September, there wasn’t a large crowd to contend with. The highlight for me was the 1904 World’s Fair gallery, because it has some of the most interesting artifacts in the entire museum. The museum is also exceptionally clean and well maintained, and the exhibits are mostly well organized.

Better yet, the two galleries on the upper floor specifically focus on the history of St. Louis. One gallery details the city’s founding up to the year 1900, then the next gallery focuses on the years 1900-2000. In the section about modern St. Louis history, it was interesting to see items from local sports teams. I especially liked the historical McDonnell Douglas sign on display too. The neat thing about the McDonnell Douglas sign is that if you get up close to it, you can see traces of the original writing that was on it, which said, “Building 280, Home of the Goshawk.” I was also impressed to see the Museum took the bold step of taking out the Charles Lindbergh gallery that I’d seen on my previous two visits, which hadn’t been updated in seemingly more than 25 years.

I came away with a clear impression that this is a dynamic museum that staff members put a lot of care into. I spent three plus hours on this visit, and that’s including me skipping the entire undergarment exhibit, and being about a month too early to see the upcoming George Washington exhibit. Because the museum offers such great value and high quality exhibits, it’s easy for me to recommend it to any fellow traveler.

Thank CTS2003
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Reviewed 21 September 2012

This wonderful museum is free! What a bargain! We did have to pay a fee for the "Missouri in the Civil War" exhibition (and it was very well done) but the rest of the museum is open. Who knew MO played such a controversial role in the War Between the States? At the time we were there they also had an exhibit of the history of ladies underwear. Yes, underwear! It was quite informative and entertaining. This particular day was the last of their summer concert series "Twilight Tuesdays" - free musical concerts held on the steps and outdoor lawn at the museum.

Thank GoulashGal
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

exhibits included Civil War in Missouri, which had an entrance fee, but the rest was free - corsetry and undergarments through the ages, an actress' 30 minute demo of dressing and undressing through the ages (nothing naughty!) the World's Fair exhibition, St Louis communities, famous people, how to study portraits, how the city grew - really an awful lot to take in so well worth the visit. Handy Metro stop nearby.

Thank Valerie W
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

My husband and I were looking for somewhere to go as an unexpected rain ruined our vacation plan for that day. The museum worked out wonderfully for a few free hours entertainment. I particularly enjoyed the exhibit on early St.Louis and the worlds fair. If you are a fan of museums you will really enjoy this one. They had a lot of great modern style displays and quite a few interactive items. The staff was very friendly and it was not crowded at all. I would recommend a visit for any history buffs out there or anyone looking for a way to pass a few hours. As the museum was free as well you can’t really ask for a better deal!

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Reviewed 13 September 2012

Although it is free...the special exhibitions are priced. Therefore, a free visit here means about 20 minutes if you are a typical person, perhaps and hour if you are someone who considers themselves a history buff. It's a nice place, but don't plan on it being your entire afternoon activity unless you plan to visit other Forest Park attractions.

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