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 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 additional information.

 
CURRENT EXHIBITS
  Through October 21, 2018
Sun Xun: Time Spy - Contemporary Chinese artist Sun Xun uses woodblock printing, a centuries-old technique, to reimagine and transform the 21st century medium of digital animated film. In Time Spy (2016), Sun Xun has created a three-dimensional cinematic world that roams freely across time and cultures, following an enigmatic and visually driven narrative that draws its influences from both Eastern and Western traditions of art, history, myth, and imagination.
Free
For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
     Through November 25, 2018
Balance and Opposition in Ancient Peruvian Textiles presents works from the Museum’s impressive collection of Andean textiles that illustrate this quest for balance through imagery, technique, and function. This collection of textiles, including loaned works from the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology, have never been on view together. Spanning nearly 2,000 years and drawn from across Peru’s diverse cultures and terrains, these works demonstrate larger ideas about the relationship between life and death, gendered dress, and the textile medium itself.
Free
For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
  Through February 10, 2019
Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis: The celebrated artist re-envisions Museum masterworks featuring Saint Louisans. Wiley creates large-scale oil paintings of contemporary African American subjects in poses that recall grand traditions of European and American portraiture. His models -real people dressed in their own clothing - assume poses adapted from historic paintings. Wiley’s portraits often feature ornate and decorative backgrounds, elements of which surround and sometimes weave around his subjects. His works address the politics of race and power in art, drawing attention to the pervasive lack of representation of people of color in the art world.
Free
For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
 
  Through March 24, 2019
Flora and Fauna in Japanese Art: Japan encompasses a wide range of habitats, from the icy north to the subtropical south, populated by diverse flora and fauna. The Japanese have celebrated the natural beauty of their island nation in all seasons for millennia and the depiction of plants, animals, flowers, and insects has developed into a popular subject for the fine and decorative arts..
Free
For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
     
UPCOMING EXHIBIT
  November 11, 2018 - February 3, 2019
Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now examines the transformational decade of the 1960s through the early 21st century, and the emergence of the creative synergies between the artists, publishers, printers, dealers, and collectors who have been critical to the development of American art during that time.
Admission
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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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