Visitors Guide to the
Missouri Historical Museum
5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park - Forest Park
Saint Louis, MO

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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 (Saint 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 Saint 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.

The 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.

  Through September 2, 2019
Flores Mexicanas: A Lindbergh Love Story will unveil a painting and a story that haven’t been seen in decades. The highlight of the exhibit will be Alfredo Ramos Martinez’s magnificent and massive Flores Mexicanas painting—one of many wedding gifts given to Anne and Charles Lindbergh in 1929. This and other featured gifts will illustrate the couple’s celebrity status as ambassadors for aviation and America.
For more information visit the exhibit's webpage

Visiting the Missouri Historical History
     Visiting Hours
          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.

Metro 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 2019 runs from May 3 - September 2. 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. Free on Saturdays and Sundays. Adult Trolley fares are $2 per adult. Children 5-12, seniors and disabled passengers ride for $1. Click here for additional information.

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.

GPS Coordinates
N  38  38.734
W 90  17.192

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Missouri Historical Society - Use the official site of the Missouri Historical Society for answers to all the questions you may have.

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