In 1968 Mrs. Matilda Laumeier
bequeathed 72 acres of land a large story-and-a-half house of cut stone to
the St. Louis County Department of Parks & Recreation in 1968 in memory of
her husband, Henry H. Laumeier. In 1976 the park was enlarged and became an
outdoor museum for modern sculpture, with more land has been added over the
years. Today the Laumeier Sculpture Park is a 98-acre park with an outdoor
sculpture garden that contains a collection of more than 80 sculptures by
internationally acclaimed artists. The former Laumeier residence has been
remodeled into an art museum exhibiting contemporary sculpture, drawings,
paintings, ceramics and photography related to the outdoor sculpture
program. The former Laumeier residence also houses a craft gallery, a gift
shop, and administrative offices. The park also specializes in interpretive
exhibitions and education programs which it offers on a regular basis. The
Laumeier Sculpture Park is an institution of international significance that
has been accredited by the American Association of Museums.
The Park has 1.5 miles
of accessible paved trails that visit many of the pieces. During regular
Museum Gift Shop hours visitors can rent iPods and take an audio tour
that focuses on the highlights of the collection. A Blind Maquette
Program is available for some of the sculptures. This program features a
sculptor's three-dimensional sketch, a way of viewing the piece and
working out the details before actually making the real thing. Several
maquettes with Braille text plaques are installed near the full-sized
sculptures to allow visitors with visual impairments to enjoy the works.
The Park sponsors a popular art fair in May, a fall festival in October,
and a winter solstice celebration in December.
Laumeier Sculpture Park
Outdoors 8 am - 1/2 hour
after sunset daily
Indoor galleries and
Museum Gift Shop
Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Noon - 5 pm
Closed on Mondays and legal holidays
Admission to the park and museum is free. There is a
nominal admission to special events and festivals. Docent-led park tours are
offered on the first and third Sunday of the month at 2 pm, May-October.
Group tours are available at a cost of $3 per person, or $35 per group of 12
or fewer and must be reserved at
least three weeks in advance.
Location: The Laumeier Sculpture Park is located in Kirkwood, MO
southwest of St. Louis near I-44. From the I-44 Lindbergh (US-67) exit take
Lindbergh south a half mile to Watson Road. Take Watson Road west a half
mile to Geyer Road. Go south on Geyer Road one block to Rott Road. Turn left
on Rott Road. The entrance to the park is on the right.
Learn more about the
St. Louis area.
Laumeier Sculpture Park - Official site of the
Laumeier Sculpture Park.