St. Louis

United States

One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park
Phone: 314.721.0072
Fax: 314.721.6172

Saint Louis Art Museum

The Saint Louis Art Museum was founded in 1879 and was then called the St. Louis School and Museum of Fine Arts, an independent entity within Washington University. The Museum was originally located in downtown St. Louis but relocated to our current home in Forest Park following the 1904 World's Fair. Designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert, the Museum's Beaux-Arts style building bears the inscription Dedicated to Art and Free to All. The Museum's long-standing commitment to free admission makes it possible for everyone to have the opportunity to visit our galleries as often as they like throughout the year. Through generations of public support and private benefaction, the Museum has assembled one of the finest comprehensive art collections in the country. With a per-capita attendance that is consistently among the highest of our nation's art museums, we are a national leader in making our collections and programs available to a broad public audience.

The Museum offers a full range of featured exhibitions, a research library, four conservation labs, a varied annual schedule of special events, and community and school programs.

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Permanent Collection

The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive art museums containing more than 30,000 works of art. Its collections include works of exceptional quality from virtually every culture and time period. Areas of notable depth include Oceanic art, pre-Columbian art, ancient Chinese bronzes, and European and American art of the late 19th and 20th centuries, with particular strength in 20th century German painting.


Chinese Textiles
Through November 25, 2007
Gallery 100

Feline Impressions
Through December 2, 2007
Gallery 321

Currents 101: Patrick Jouin
Through December 9, 2007
Gallery 130

Plains Indian Beadwork from the Donald Danforth Jr. Collection
Through Spring 2008
Gallery 120

New Media Series: Alexander Schweder, Murmurs
Through January 6, 2008
Gallery 301

George Caleb Bingham: The Making of "The County Election"
Through March 9, 2008
Cohen Gallery (313)

Previous Exhibitions

Nicholas Nixon: 30 Years of Photography
February 2-May 13, 2007

Waking Dreams: The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites from the Delaware Art Museum
February 18-April 29, 2007

British Works on Paper, 1850-1880
March 2-May 20, 2007

Rivane Neuenschwander: Joe Carioca
March 6-June 24, 2007

Currents 101: Angelina Gualdoni
March 30-June 17, 2007

Andreas Feininger's New York
May 25-August 19, 2007

Symbols of Power: Napoleon and the Art of the Empire Style: 1800-1815
June 17-September 16, 2007

Matthew Ritchie: The Iron City
June 29-September 30, 2007

Untamed Beauty: Tigers in Japanese Art
June 29-September 9, 2007

Forthcoming exhibitions

Beyond the Maker's Mark: Paul de Lamerie Silver in the Cahn Collection
October 28, 2007-January 20, 2008
Main Exhibition Galleries

Frank Breuer: Photographs
December 14, 2007-March 16, 2008
Gallery 321


Admission to the Museum and its collection is free every day. Admission to featured exhibitions varies and is free to all on Fridays. Featured exhibition admission for students in pre-registered tour groups is $1.

Opening hours

Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Friday, 10:00 am–9:00 pm
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day

Getting there

The Saint Louis Art Museum is situated in Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the United States, just west of downtown St. Louis, Missouri.

Free parking is available in paved lots around the Museum as well as on the surrounding streets. Designated parking spaces for persons with disabilities are available near the South Wing entrance.

Directions to the Museum:

By car:
Forest Park is accessible via I-64/Rte. 40. From the west and east, exit right (34D). Continue north into the park, and then follow signs to the Art Museum. From I-44, west and east, exit right (286). Continue north on Hampton Ave. into the park, and then follow signs.

By public transportation:
Public transportation is available via MetroBus and MetroLink. The Hampton #90 MetroBus stops in front of the Museum and at the Forest Park MetroLink station. The Forest Park MetroLink station is located across from the Missouri History Museum at 250 DeBaliviere Ave. For schedules and fares, call Metro St. Louis at 314.231.2345 or visit During the summer, Metro St. Louis offers the Zip2 shuttle bus, which stops at all the Park's major attractions.


The Visitor and Member Information Center in Sculpture Hall is staffed with personnel and volunteers available to answer questions.

The Information Center has magnifying glasses, gallery maps, assistive listening devices, and large-print copies of exhibition labels available on loan.

A limited number of strollers and wheelchairs are available on loan at the South Wing entrance. A public pay phone is located outside the Student Gallery in the South Wing.

Most public restrooms include accessible and baby-changing facilities. A larger, accessible
Family Restroom is located on the Lower Level in the South Wing.

The Coat Check is located next to Sculpture Hall.

If you lose or find an item, please contact the Information Center or a staff member. Recovered items are placed in a secured Lost and Found.

First aid and medical assistance are available by contacting the nearest Gallery Attendant.

The Museum and its galleries are accessible to persons with disabilities. Elevators are located in the South Wing and on all levels of the Museum. Disabled and wheelchair access parking and a drop-off entrance are available at the South Wing. Wheelchairs are available for loan at the South Wing entrance.

Custom tours for visitors who are hearing impaired are available by request. Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) for persons with hearing impairments are available for most programs and certified signers may be scheduled for any event.
314.721.4807 (TDD)

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The Saint Louis Art Museum provides a variety of learning experiences to connect works of art in our collections and exhibitions with audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and knowledge levels. The Museum has been a leader in arts education since the inception of its professionally staffed education department in 1923. This department offers a range of classes, community outreach activities, family and school programs, gallery talks, lectures, performances, and teacher workshops. Through programs in the Museum, in school classrooms, and in community centers throughout St. Louis, unique and memorable experiences help adults, children, and families find meaning and inspiration in the Museum's diverse collections.



Daily Tours of the Collection:
Free docent-led tours of our collection are available Tuesday through Sunday at 1:30 pm. Tours depart from the Information Center in Sculpture Hall and are approximately one hour long.

School and Group Tours:
School and Group Tours are free and may be led by a trained docent (if requested) or may be "self-guided" by the teacher or group leader. If docents are not available on the date(s) you request, you can reserve a self-guided tour for your group (afternoons preferred). Groups should include at least 15 and not more than 60 people; docent-led groups will be assigned one docent for every 15 to 20 people in the group. School groups should include adequate adult supervision: one adult per 10 children.

All groups, whether led by a Museum docent or self-guided by a teacher, must contact the Museum to arrange a tour. Please allow at least four weeks' advance notice. Groups without advance reservations cannot be assured that their preferred galleries or times will be available.

The Museum charges no admission fee for the collection. An admission fee is charged for featured exhibitions. A special student group rate (elementary through college) of $1 per student is available (reservations required at least 4 weeks in advance).

Tour Hours:
Tours may be scheduled for any time during open gallery hours. Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm, and Friday, 10:00 am–9:00 pm. The galleries are closed Mondays and on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Scheduling a Tour:
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The Saint Louis Art Museum is proud of our longstanding commitment to area schools and the children they serve. Arts in the Basic Curriculum (ABC), our groundbreaking interdisciplinary, performance-based program, brings arts education to area 4th- and 5th- graders. We also offer a number of programs for middle and high school students as well as art classes for children of all ages. And our docents and educators introduce thousands of students to the collection each year with tours through the galleries and featured exhibitions.


Now is a great time to bring the whole family to the Saint Louis Art Museum for art-inspired fun! Enjoy free art-making activities, tours, artist demonstrations, and performances every Sunday afternoon. Each month's activities focus on a different family-friendly theme.

Drop-in Art Activities:
Sundays, 1:00–4:00 pm
Sculpture Hall. Free.
These hands-on art activities are designed to engage budding artists of all ages.

Family Tours:
Sundays, 2:30 pm
Meet at the Information Center. Free.
Join us for a lively, 30-minute gallery walk that introduces you and your family to amazing artworks in the Museum.

Family Performances:
Once each month you can catch something special on Family Sundays—a storyteller, an artist’s demonstration, or a musical performance.


As an institution with a longstanding dedication to free admission, the Saint Louis Art Museum depends on the support of its Members to enrich the lives of its half-million visitors per year. Our Members' contributions support activities for students, free programs for families, and even the purchase of artworks for our esteemed collection.

Just as Members provide for the Museum, the Museum provides for its Members. Each year, Members take advantage of free, unlimited access to featured exhibitions; Members-only previews and events; discounts at Puck's Restaurant and the Museum Shop; and even reciprocal membership privileges at museums around the country.

For more information, or to join today, please visit, contact the Membership Office at 314.655.5335, or email us at


Through generations of public support and private benefaction, the Saint Louis Art Museum has assembled one of the finest comprehensive art collections in the country. The Museum's long-standing commitment to free admission makes it possible for everyone to have the opportunity to visit our galleries as often as they like throughout the year, with as many friends and family members as they wish. This enduring commitment to free admission, however, limits our potential for earned income through admission fees, making gifts from donors an increasingly critical force in building our future.

For more information, please visit or contact Amy Drummond, Development Director, Individual Giving, at 314.655.5126 or by email at

Venue hire

Catering and Events:
Located on Art Hill in the heart of historic Forest Park, the Saint Louis Art Museum provides a refined, elegant setting for a variety of special events. We have many unique spaces, each designed to enhance the art experience and leave a lasting impression.

Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events is the exclusive caterer of the Saint Louis Art Museum. Wolfgang Puck's team of chefs, events planners, and professional service staff come together to make each event unique and memorable. For more on Wolfgang Puck's catering, please visit or call the Catering Office at 314.655.5257.

The Museum Events Department at the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) is a full-service meeting and event planning organization, which coordinates every event at the Museum, either singly or in conjunction with the Museum's exclusive caterer, Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events. Museum Events strives to exceed the expectations of our clients, while fulfilling the mission and vision of the Museum.

For information on available spaces and rates and for the Museum's space usage policy, visit, call the Museum Events Office at 314.655.5236, or email