Located along the northern border of Forest Park, the History Museum is part of the park’s impressive array of free cultural institutions. The museum takes the phrase “Show-Me State” to heart, with permanent collections displaying Missouri and St. Louis history from the Lewis & Clark Expedition to modern day. Aside from MO 101, there’s an ever-changing roster of temporary exhibitions like “Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America.”
Sky-high ceilings, marble floors, ornate carved doors - the museum provides architectural eye candy in addition to the history lessons. Enjoy a quiet afternoon of exploration, unless you’re heading to the History Clubhouse (kids’ area), where things get slightly more boisterous.
The museum’s 1904 World’s Fair exhibit.
The Museum is a great way to spend a chilly day in the winter, and during warmer times of year, the museum plays host to Twilight Tuesdays, a free and family-friendly outdoor concert series that takes place weekly. If you’re looking for a place for your young ones to do some hands-on educational activities, build their own St. Louis downtown, or pretend to drive a steamboat down the Mississippi River - the History Clubhouse is the place to be.
Twilight Tuesdays pack in the crowds, so arrive early if you want to avoid an expedition-length trek from your car to the museum.ActiveFamilyTouristyExploreFood & DrinkKidsArt & CultureCasualClassesEducationalHistoricalMuseumGood for Groups