One of the top comprehensive art museums in the U.S. features exhibits from nearly every period and national origin, with extensive holdings in pre-Columbian and German art, and an outstanding collection of American art from 1800 to 1945. The museum maintains a full schedule of lectures, tours, films and performances. Admission to the museum and its permanent collection is free; fee for some special exhibits. Open Tu-Su, 10 am-5 pm; F, open until 9 pm.
Highlights and Tips:
- Head into the East Building, housing contemporary work, and find the minimalist/color field gallery with monumental works by Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Gene Davis, Jules Olitski, Morris Louis and Frank Stella, art that looks as modern as the day it was made.
- Pop over into the original Beaux Arts building to the upper level and find the room with the Egyptian mummies, home to objects more than 3,000 years old.
- Then go down one level to the main floor off sculpture hall and locate the portrait of "Mary, Lady Guildford" by Hans Holbein the Younger, a superb demonstration of Holbein's power and precision.
- If you cross Sculpture Hall, you'll find yourself in a large gallery populated with paintings by the German expressionist Max Beckmann.
- Then head up to the third level to George Caleb Bingham's iconic trio of paintings about the political process.