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 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.

 
CURRENT EXHIBITS
  Through August 25, 2019
The 110 prints on view in Poetics of the Everyday: Amateur Photography, 1890–1970 were taken during an extraordinary period of time, primarily the first half of the 20th century, when portable cameras became affordable and available to millions of enthusiastic new amateur photographers. The makers of the prints in the exhibition are generally anonymous; in fact, most did not consider themselves to be artists. And yet, their work demonstrates the remarkable aesthetic heights that were achieved in this democratic medium through intention, experimentation, or accident. Poetics of the Everyday celebrates the recent gift of 150 amateur photographs from St. Louis collectors John and Teenuh Foster.
Free
For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
  Through September 22, 2019
Balinese Art features a selection of rich and varied works of art produced in Bali, Indonesia during the 20th century. Bali’s visual and performing arts reflect the Hindu religious beliefs of its people that are distinct from the predominantly Islamic culture found elsewhere in Indonesia. Artists drew inspiration from nature, village life, and narratives from Hindu epics and local tales.
Free
For more information visit the exhibit's webpage
  Through December 1, 2019
Printing the Pastoral: Visions of the Countryside in 18th-Century Europe presents early and rare examples of copperplate-printed cottons, more familiarly known as toile. This textile genre has remained popular since its inception more than 250 years ago, when technological advances allowed textile printers to exploit the type of copperplates long used by artists to print on paper. Artisans were then able to create nuanced, intricate designs, and their creativity flourished.
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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