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 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
  Through March 31, 2019
Printing Abstraction: Abstract art flourished in the United States and Europe during the second half of the 20th century, and in recent decades, it continues to be a fundamental catalyst in the development of contemporary art. Drawing on the Museum’s collection of abstract prints and multiples, Printing Abstraction considers various strategies, from Op art to hard-edge abstraction and beyond, that have emerged over the past six decades. The exhibition presents works from more than 20 artists, including figures who defined the field, such as Anni Albers, Marcel Duchamp, and Ad Reinhardt. Works by artists from more recent generations, like McArthur Binion and James Turrell, speak to the continuing relevance of abstraction today.
Free
For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
     
UPCOMING EXHIBITS
  February 22 - May 27, 2019
Currents 116: Oliver Laric: Berlin-based artist Oliver Laric works at the intersection between art and technology. His multifaceted approach responds to the internet as a mass media with deep and wide cultural reach, exploring how images have been created, shared, and repeated, both in our time and across history. In Currents 116: Oliver Laric, the artist presents a new sculpture and a recent video work that draw inspiration from and engage with the Museum’s own collection.
Free
For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
  March 17 - June 9, 2019
Rachel Whiteread: The British sculptor Rachel Whiteread is one of the world’s leading contemporary artists. Whiteread casts the interiors of buildings, household objects, and furniture, capturing familiar but often overlooked areas of the home—the underside of a chair, the contents of a medicine cabinet, or the inside of a garden shed. Over the course of her 30-year career, she has changed the way that the world thinks about sculpture. Her reverse casts of negative spaces, made of industrial materials such as concrete, plaster, and resin, transform the ordinary and unseen into something enduring, striking, and impossible to ignore.
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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