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.
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