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St. Louis for Art Lovers

The Saint Louis Art Museum, the city's premier cultural institution, heads a long list of art-related venues that serve a varied array of visual treats. Be sure to stop in at the museum on Art Hill in Forest Park, and consider visiting the rest of our recommended list, each possessed of its own special charms.

Saint Louis Art Museum

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.

Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum

Some 60 pieces of contemporary sculpture by artists of international stature are arranged throughout the 105-acre facility, one of the nation’s major contemporary sculpture parks, plus exhibits in the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center. Free admission. The park is open daily from 8 am to sunset.


Two downtown blocks west of 8th St. between Market and Chestnut feature 25 sculptures by major international artists, winding paths, water features, seasonal decorations, and a forest of trees. Free.

Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Arts institution is housed in a minimalist building by Tadao Ando. Exhibits are accompanied by frequent programs. Admission is free. Open Th-Su 10 am-5 pm, F until 8 pm.

World Chess Hall of Fame

Nonprofit collecting institution explores the dynamic relationship between art and chess through exhibitions, interpretive programs and performances in the 3-story museum.

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Completed in 1914, the cathedral’s gray granite Romanesque exterior gives way to a breathtaking white and yellow marble Byzantine interior that glows with the largest collection of mosaics under one roof in the world. Open daily, 7 am-5 pm. Museum and shop open M-Sa, 10 am-4 pm; Su, noon-4 pm.