The Missouri Historical Society
operates the Missouri History Museum. The Historical Society, which was
founded in 1866, has been collecting written records, photographs and
artifacts representing the people who live and work in St. Louis and
Missouri. The Society was housed at a number of locations until 1913, when
it moved to the Jefferson Memorial Building in Forest Park. The Jefferson
Memorial Building is on the site of the main entrance to the 1904 Louisiana
Purchase Exposition (St. Louis World's Fair) and was built with proceeds from
the fair. In 2000 a significant building addition, the Emerson Center, was
completed. The Emerson Center features a ground-to-roof southern glass façade
and provides substantially more exhibition space, an auditorium, classrooms,
a restaurant, and a gift shop.
The Missouri History
Museum is dedicated to documenting and interpreting the history of the St.
Louis area. The museum permanent collection includes both national
artifacts, as well as Missouri and St. Louis related materials. The original
Louisiana Purchase transfer document that formally passed the Louisiana
Territory from Spain to France on March 9, 1804 can be seen. The French then
signed over the territory to the U. S. the next day. Among the signers was
Meriwether Lewis, co-leader of the Lewis & Clark expedition that
explored the new American territory from 1804-1806. Artifacts from the Lewis
and Clark Expedition are in the permanent collection, as St. Louis was the
starting point for the expedition. The museum also displays personal
artifacts from explorer William Clark including furnishings and artifacts
from his St. Louis office. The Museum also displays a number of local
colonial and Native American artifacts.
Missouri Historical Society hosts both traveling and special exhibits. Use
the link to the Historical Society's website below to find out what is
currently showing at the Museum.
CURRENT FEATURED EXHIBIT
Through Decemeber 12, 2018
Panoramas of the City:
In the first half of the 20th century, St. Louis
photographers used panoramic photography to capture moments
from our city’s history - everything from Charles
Lindbergh's homecoming and baseball games to protests and
disaster relief. The stunning, immersive images they created
celebrate St. Louis’s highs, acknowledge its lows, and
document the day-to-day lives of its people..
For more information
visit the exhibit's
Missouri Historical History
10 am to 5 pm daily.
Tuesdays: 10 am - 8 pm
The Museum will be closed early on Christmas Eve
and New Years Eve
Closed Christmas Day
General admission to the Museum is free. Tickets
are required for special exhibits except on Tuesdays when they are free.
Forest Park Trolley Service
The Metro Forest Park Trolley Service line offers visitors to the
park an easy way of getting around to Forest Park’s attractions.
The Trolley Service for 2018 has ended. There are
two routes. The blue route serves the western side of the Park, with
stops at the World’s Fair Pavilion, Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Art
Museum and Emerson Grand Basin. The green route serves the eastern
side of Forest Park, with stops at the Jewel Box and the Saint Louis
Science Center's Planetarium. Both trolley routes make stops at the
Missouri History Museum, Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education
Center, The Muny and Boathouse as well as the Forest Park-DeBaliviere
MetroLink Station. Two convenient Park N’ Ride options are available
for visitors. Adult Trolley fares are $2 per adult. Children 5-12,
seniors and disabled passengers ride for $1. Click here for
Location: The Missouri Historical Museum is located on
Lindell Blvd. at the intersection of DeBaliviere Avenue along the northern
border of Forest Park. The Museum is also accessible by MetroLink
by taking the light rail to the Forest Park station.
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Learn more about the
St. Louis area.
- Use the official site of the Missouri Historical Society
for answers to all
the questions you may have.