Visitors Guide to the
Saint Louis Art Museum

One Fine Arts Drive - Forest Park
St. Louis, MO
314-721-0072

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The Saint Louis Art Museum was founded in 1879 and was originally the Saint Louis School and Museum of Fine Arts, an independent entity of Washington University. The Museum was originally located in downtown St. Louis but relocated to Forest Park following the 1904 World's Fair. Famed architect Cass Gilbert designed the Museum's Beaux-Arts style building as the Palace of Fine Arts for the 1904 World's Fair. In 1909 the public Saint Louis Art Museum was formed and detached from the private Washington University.

Through generations of public support and private benefaction, the Museum has assembled one of the finest comprehensive art collections in the country. The Museum has over 100 galleries (photo left) and contains more than 30,000 works of art. The collections include works of exceptional quality from virtually every culture and time period. Highlights include Oceanic art, pre-Columbian art, ancient Chinese bronzes, the Egyptian mummies, and European and American art of the late 19th and 20th centuries, with particular strength in 20th century German painting. The Museum also offers a full range of featured exhibitions, a research library, a varied schedule of special events, and community and educational programming.

Visiting the Saint Louis Art Museum
     Visiting Hours
          Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
          Friday: 10 am - 9 pm
          Closed Mondays
The Museum's long-standing commitment to free admission makes it possible for everyone to have the opportunity to visit our galleries as often as they like throughout the year. Admission fees to featured exhibitions vary; admission to featured exhibitions is always free on Fridays.

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 2017 Trolley runs from April 15 through September 4. 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 additional information.

 
CURRENT EXHIBITS
  Through July 30, 2017
Learning to See: Renaissance and Baroque Masterworks: The exhibition celebrates the promised gift to the Museum of over 150 works of art assembled by Phoebe Dent Weil and Mark S. Weil, an art conservator and a professor of art history respectively. The collection reflects their passion and deep knowledge of European art of the 15th to 18th centuries. Featured in this presentation are rare early Italian Renaissance engravings, extraordinary groups of prints by Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn, as well as fine examples of Renaissance terracottas and bronzes.
Free
For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
  Through September 4, 2017
The Hats of Stephen Jones presents a selection of eight hats designed by contemporary British milliner Stephen Jones. Interspersed throughout the Museum's collection, the installation reveals a novel approach to connecting art and contemporary fashion. Installed in galleries ranging from Impressionism to 19th-century decorative arts to African art, Jones's hats are displayed in dialogue with select works in the collection to create provocative conversations across time. The fascinating range of hats includes designs made from a wide variety of materials, such as plumes, artificial flowers, and silks.
Free
For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
  Through September 4, 2017
In the Realm of Trees: Photographs, Paintings, and Scholar's Objects from the Collection: Showcased in this exhibition is Sacred Tree on Mount Lu, a set of contemporary photographs by Beijing-based American photographer, Michael Cherney, which are displayed mounted on a folding screen. This work was acquired for the Museum's permanent collection in 2016 and will be on view for the first time. Also on view are ink monochrome paintings on hanging scrolls and scholar's objects that depict trees as revered subjects.
Free
For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
  Through September 17, 2017
Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015 explores the history of men's fashionable dress from the eighteenth century to the present and re-examines the all-too-frequent equation of "fashion" with "femininity." Drawing primarily from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's renowned collection, Reigning Men makes illuminating connections between history and high fashion.
Admission. Free for members anytime and the public on Fridays.
For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
  Through November 26, 2017
Cross-Pollination: Flowers in 18th-Century European Porcelain and Textiles: Intoxicated by scientific discovery, the fervor for natural science, particularly botany, reached new heights in 18th-century Europe. Botanical gardens and nurseries flourished, as did expertly illustrated albums describing flora and fauna of the Old and New World in tantalizing detail. Naturalism triumphed across the decorative arts, but especially in textiles and porcelain, where the media's vibrant colors and painterly effects allowed for particularly artful and accurate botanical imagery. The exhibition will feature a number of artworks never before exhibited at the Museum.
Free
For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
     
UPCOMING EXHIBIT
  August 11, 2017 - January 28, 2018
A Century of Japanese Prints presents a selection of the Museum’s finest examples of modern and contemporary Japanese prints from the 20th and 21st centuries, two thirds of which have never before been displayed at the Museum. Unfolding over 100 years, the works in the exhibition span new prints (shin hanga), creative prints (sōsaku hanga), and postwar and contemporary prints.
Free
For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
   


Location: The Saint Louis Art Museum is situated in Forest Park just west of downtown St. Louis, Missouri. The Museum is located in the western area of the park near the Skinker Blvd. entrance south of Lindell Blvd. Free parking is available in paved lots around the Museum as well as on the surrounding streets. Designated parking spaces for persons with disabilities are available near the South Wing entrance. The Saint Louis Art Museum is accessible by MetroBus. The Museum is also accessible by MetroLink by taking the light rail to the Forest Park station and catching the #90 bus to the Museum.

GPS Coordinates
N  38  38.378
W 90  17.653

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