What To Do In St. Louis – Forest Park Museums

St. Louis is home to numerous compelling museums that are worth visiting. But, three of the city’s museums are located in a beautiful park located about 6.5 miles west of downtown St. Louis. This park is called Forest Park. Each of the museums is unique as they focus on different subjects from each other. If you are looking for what to do in St. Louis, you should head to the three museums in Forest Park.

St. Louis Science Center

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The St. Louis Science Center is located on the southeastern corner of Forest Park. If you are curious about science and technology, you will want to be sure to visit this museum. This is among the largest museums in the United States that is focused on science and technology. This museum is divided into two buildings. The first building is the main science center building.

The second building is called the James S. McDonnell Planetarium which focuses more specifically on outer space. These two buildings are connected to each other via an enclosed walking bridge that carries people across Interstate 64. There are about 14 different topics covered at this museum. Some of these topics include physics, technology, biological sciences, earth & environmental science, and engineering.

Here are a few exhibits I would like to share here. The first one is Da Vinci The Exhibition. This is about Leonardo Da Vinci who was a renowned Italian inventor, scientist, and engineer in the 15th century during the Italian Renaissance period. Some of his inventions that you can view in this exhibit include a catapult, a glider, a steam cannon, and a diving suit. There are a total of 60 inventions in this exhibit.

Ecology & Environment is another of the exhibit at the museum. This exhibit is concerned with the history of Earth. One place you will want to check out within this exhibit is Dana Brown Fossil Prep Lab and Dig Site. This is where you can dig up and discover the fossils that once belonged to the dinosaurs that once lived on Earth. The fossils can also be touched.

Located within the museum’s planetarium building is a section called Orthwein StarBay. This is where you can go and observe over nine thousand stars that appear on the nightly ceiling that is 80 feet high. Generally speaking, the admission to the St. Louis Science Center is free. However, certain exhibits are ticketed experiences, meaning that you will need to pay for tickets to enter them.

St. Louis Art Museum

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For those of you who want to dive into the arts, the St. Louis Art Museum is yours to explore. This museum is located in the west central section of Forest Park. This museum was originally built for the 1904 World’s Fair as the Palace of Fine Arts. This museum houses paintings, sculptures, cultural objects, and ancient masterpieces from all over the world.

The museum is home to a collection of more than 30,000 art works spread out over three floors of museum space. They cover around five thousand years of history and cultures. The collection of art works are split into 11 groups including American, African, Contemporary, European, Decorative Arts and Design, and Oceanic. There are currently three exhibits available at the museum.

They are Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dali, The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection, and Japanese Art of the Rinpa School. The admission to the St. Louis Art Museum is free of charge. It is worth noting though that one of the three current exhibits will require a paid pass. This is true for all days of the week except Fridays.

If you wish to buy tickets for that one exhibit, you can do so by going here. There are two onsite dining options if you happen to get hungry. These are called Panorama and Cafe. In addition to these restaurants, there are also two onsite gift shops. They are Museum Shop and East Building Shop.

Missouri History Museum

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History bluffs will want to flock over to the Missouri History Museum. This museum is located on the north central edge of Forest Park. This museum focuses on the history of St. Louis and the US state of Missouri. The museum currently houses about five exhibits in total. I would like to go over a couple of these exhibits. The first one is called Mighty Mississippi.

This exhibit is dedicated to the history of the Mississippi River. You will learn about the major American Indian communities that thrived on their connection to the river. This exhibit also explores the European and American Indian fur trade networks that made use of the Mississippi River. The second exhibit is called 1904 World’s Fair.

This exhibit concerns the world’s fair that took place in Forest Park over a period of seven months in 1904. You can learn about the design and construction of the 1904 World’s Fair. You can also get some insights into how people in 1904 imagined the future could be. There are over 250 artifacts within this exhibit.

These include furniture from the Chinese, French, German, and Irish pavilions as well as trophies from the 1904 Olympic Games which took place alongside the world’s fair in Forest Park. The admission to the Missouri History Museum and all of its exhibits are free to everyone. Cafe St. Louis is the museum’s onsite restaurant. There is also an onsite store available.

These are the three museums that are located in Forest Park. So, I would suggest you to check them out when looking for what to do in St. Louis. Each of these museums cater to different tastes with the only common ground between them being their location in Forest Park.

St. Louis Hotels

If you are looking for a hotel to stay at in St. Louis, I have got your back. Here are the two hotels that I would suggest you to book your stay.

Drury Inn St. Louis at Union Station

This hotel is located on South 20th Street on the western edge of downtown St. Louis. The hotel is located in a historic building that was built in 1907 for use by St. Louis Railroad YMCA. There is complimentary breakfast available. There is also an onsite restaurant called 5:30 Kickback. There are also free popcorn and soda in the hotel’s lobby. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub available.

If you are seeking a workout, you can do so at the hotel’s fitness center. All of the hotel’s rooms have WiFi, mini refrigerators, and microwaves. The average rate for a standard room range from $137 to $281. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Brentwood

This hotel is located on Eager Road in the neighboring suburb of Brentwood just a few miles west of Forest Park in St. Louis via Interstate 64. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. If you are hungry, there is an onsite restaurant called 5:30 Kickback. Free popcorn and soda are also available in the hotel’s lobby. There is a hybrid indoor/outdoor swimming pool along with an indoor hot tub.

There is also a fitness center available for your workout needs. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites have WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $140 to $209. You can go here to check your booking options and/or view some photos.

What are your thoughts? Are you looking to visit these museums in St. Louis’ Forest Park? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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