Saint Louis Art Museum

Saint Louis Art Museum (HM2LXP)

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Forest Park

Forest Park was site of the 1904 World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition). The site where the Museum now stands was the highest point at the Fair, and the building was three times as large. After the Fair, the temporary wings were demolished.

The motto chiseled in stone above the Main Entrance reads "Dedicated to Art and Free to All" and demonstrates the generosity of the people of St. Louis City and County, who in 1971 voted to support this institution through their property taxes.


Art Hill provides a wonderful venue for outdoor concerts and movies in summer, and of course, sledding in winter.

Every year through organized programs, the Museum hosts more than 30,000 students and teachers from public, private, and parochial schools.

Highlights of the Museum's collection include French Impressionism, paintings by Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham, and 20th Century German Art.

The East Building opened in 2013.

The Museum moved to Forest Park in 1906 to occupy the former World's Fair Palace of Fine Art building.

Night view of Festival Hall and the Central Cascades at the 1904 World's Fair. These were located where this kiosk currently stands; the Cascades flowed down Art Hill into the Grand Basin below.
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