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 runs from May 1 - September 3, 2018. 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 15, 2018
Currents 115: Jennifer Bornstein - Since the late 1990s, artist Jennifer Bornstein has worked with a diversity of media to address a consistent set of interconnected concerns—artistic collaboration, archival research, technologies of image production, and how different media utilized across time can construct identity and convey social and political content. For Currents 115, Bornstein exhibits works that include a group of etchings, photogravures, and photographs, and 1:1 scale relief-type prints of the interior of a house in London. Rounding out the exhibition is a video work that experiments with the technological history of moving-image media using footage from three different technologies, 16 mm film, standard definition video, and high-definition digital video.
Free
For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
  Through August 12, 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 August 30, 2018
Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries: In the centuries after Buddhism was introduced to China in the early part of the Han dynasty (AD 25–220), the style of Chinese Buddhist art developed its own unique characteristics. Spanning nearly 600 years - from the Five Dynasties (907-960) to the early part of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) - Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries explores this evolution with rarely exhibited works from the Museum’s collection that depict significant Buddhist subjects, including bodhisattvas, arhats, and lotuses.
Free
For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
  Through September 9, 2018
Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds: In 2018, the Saint Louis Art Museum will tell the epic story of one of the greatest finds in the history of underwater archaeology, a story that revealed two lost cities of ancient Egypt submerged under the Mediterranean Sea for over a thousand years. More than 200 authentic artifacts, including three colossal 16-foot sculptures of a pharaoh, a queen, and a god will be on view. Objects range from the colossal sculptures to precious gold coins and jewelry, bronze vessels, objects inscribed in the ancient Egyptian or Greek languages, and statues from the sunken and forgotten ancient cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus.
Admission
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
   


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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