Home to over 30,000 works dating from the beginning of recorded time to sometime last week, the Saint Louis Art Museum is a can’t-miss for art snobs and casual museum-goers alike. Located atop the iconic Art Hill in Forest Park, the museum has been housed in the uber-swanky Palace of Fine Arts since the building was constructed for the 1904 World’s Fair. In addition to many permanent collections and rotating exhibitions, the museum is home to a peaceful outdoor sculpture garden and the inventive restaurant Panorama, which gets its name from its floor-to-ceiling views of Forest Park.
The museum’s gorgeous interior is the perfect environment in which to spend a leisurely afternoon absorbing the paintings, sculptures and more from all over the world.
The world’s largest Max Beckmann collection can be found here, as well as works by European masters including Monet, Picasso, van Gogh and Matisse.
It never hurts to get a little cultured. From a well-preserved Egyptian mummy case to Ansel Adams’ photography, there’s a lot to take in. If quiet contemplation isn’t your thing, the museum gets significantly more rowdy during special events such as Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) Underground, a night of boozing, art-creating and dancing to live music that takes place the last Friday of every month.
The museum offers free docent-led tours on the daily– if you’re new to the art world, take advantage. There’s free public parking in the nearby lots or along the street, and $10 parking in the museum’s underground garage.RomanceTouristyExploreChillFood & DrinkArt & CultureCasualClassesEducationalCan't MissMuseumGood for Groups