Featuring a collection of more than 30,000 works of art, Saint Louis Art Museum counts among one of the country's major art institutions, attracting over half a million visitors each year. Erected for the 1904 World's Fair, the three-story building went through a massive restoration project in 2009 in which 21 new galleries were added, some for each of its permanent collection and temporary exhibits. The museum's star attraction is its modern art collection, including works by European masters Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse, and Gauguin. Don't miss the gallery dedicated to 20th century German paintings that features the world's biggest collection of works by Max Beckmann, plus pieces by Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, and Martin Kippenberger. Use our Saint Louis online day trip planner to visit Saint Louis Art Museum on your trip to Saint Louis, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Decided to go to this museum as there were no entrance fees and had some time to spend before my flight. Was so impressed with this museum! I didn’t even have enough time to see everything. The...
Decided to go to this museum as there were no entrance fees and had some time to spend before my flight. Was so impressed with this museum! I didn’t even have enough time to see everything. The... more »
First...this museum is free so really hard to wish for more here. They have some lovely painting and period rooms but I do wish there was more to see here.
First...this museum is free so really hard to wish for more here. They have some lovely painting and period rooms but I do wish there was more to see here. more »
My wife and I went to the Saints Louis Art Museum on a Saturday a little before noon. It wasn't very crowded at all. It definitely feels more like an art museum than an art gallery which I think I prefer. Lots of art ranging from paintings, pottery to medieval armor and mummies. I had read it would take about 2 1/2 hours to see everything, well after 5 hours, we still hadn't seen everything. This place has a lot to see, and if you take your time it can take up a whole day. We really enjoyed our visit here and will definitely be coming back in the future.
First-class free museum (except for special exhibits) with something for everyone. Classics or modern, painting or sculpture, this museum has it. We were impressed with the very good, helpful explanations for each piece. Lots of free parking and a stunning view over Forest Park. This is definitely a sampling of "everything art." - From classic paintings, famous artists, and cultural art ranging from a variety of American Indian cultures to Egyptian to the various art revolutions, and even modern art, this museum has it all. Various furniture pieces and fully furnished rooms of historical times give the viewer a sense of what a room would look like during the period of time and location portrayed. It has so much, I could see visiting and focusing on particular aspects and needing to come back multiple times to appreciate all that they have to offer.
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