The Saint Louis Art Museum is the perfect place for discerning travelers looking to witness superlative artistic creations. Peruse the largest collection of artwork that the city has to offer and flit from exhibit to exhibit viewing exemplary sculptures and skillful paintings. From Impressionistic to Modern art, this museum boasts styles of artwork from all around the world. Art connoisseurs are sure to be delighted with the exhaustive range here, spanning several centuries and more. When in the city, the Saint Louis Art Museum is a must-visit spot for art aficionados.
Seating up to 4500, this venue is a historical landmark as well as an events hall. Originally one of the most extravagant of William Fox's theaters, this facility was privately restored in 1981. Past productions have included Les Misérables, Parsons Dance Company, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. View the wall of famous signatures, the 5,000-pound chandelier in the auditorium and the gilded throne chairs in the lobby. Tours are also available of this magnificent cultural space on select days.
The exhibits at the Old Courthouse, most of which are actual models or historic items rather than mere text or photographs, date back to 1764, at which time the St. Louis region was a French fur trading port. Other exhibits come from eras ranging from colonial times on up to the 20th century. The Old Courthouse served as an actual courthouse from the mid-19th century up until 1930.
Located in a former shoe-manufacturing warehouse, this eccentric museum and adventure park has something for both the young and the young-at-heart. With multiple floors of fascinating, educational and fun-filled rooms, it is one of the best downtown attractions. The museum is run by a group of artists and professionals who have done a splendid job of curating an awe-inspiring array of exhibits. Using repurposed pieces of old cities, the makers have built exhilarating slides and grand castles. Feel the authenticity of the multilevel enchanted caves, the architectural museum, a giant aquarium and so much more at the unique City Museum.
Completed in October 1965 the Gateway Arch was designed to last 1,000 years. The Arch was built to represent Thomas Jefferson's dream of a United States that stretched from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast. At a spectacular 630 feet (192 meters), the monumental structure features a stainless steel facade that represents the city's legacy as the Gateway to the West. A tram zips to the top of the monument and one can see 360-degree views for 30 miles (48 kilometers) around the city. The Arch stands within the larger Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and is a testament to American engineering at its finest.
Anchored at Shaw Boulevard, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a sublime collection of gardens. This paradisiacal oasis boasts a plethora of themed lawns such as Japanese Garden, Chinese Garden and Children’s Garden. Spread across a sprawling expanse, the verdant haven offers a tranquil getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city center. Some of the alluring features of this majestic destination include Climatron, a geodesic dome conservatory; Linnean House, one of the oldest greenhouses of the premises; and Victorian District, a picturesque area comprising more gardens, the Sachs Museum and the Tower Grove House. Whether you’re looking to bring in a leisurely day amidst scenic beauty or learn more about plant science, there can be no better destination than the Missouri Botanical Garden.
For the past 25 years, Shirley Schwartz has dedicated her life to the love of art and sharing beauty with others. Barucci Gallery is nationally known as one of the premier contemporary art galleries. The gallery offers artistic consulting as well as framing for private collections and is the official framer for the St. Louis Art Fair. The gallery includes pieces by select award-winning contemporary artists and incorporates original paintings, glasswork, ceramics, and jewelry. The selection is quite eclectic, with pieces from all over the United States. Even if purchasing art isn’t in the stars, the gallery is a great place to spend the afternoon browsing. - Cathryn D. Blue
This still functioning cemetery has an amazing history. Founded in 1816, it became a very popular tourist attraction as a result of not only its beauty and history, but also because of the role that it played before the Civil War. The Old Meeting House located on the grounds of the Des Peres Presbyterian Church and Cemetery was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Thousands of slaves found their ways to freedom as a result of the work that abolitionists selflessly engaged in at this site. A marker that commemorates the struggles of the victims of the American slave trade who were buried in the cemetery without grave markers is left for passers by to see. Since the cemetery is a religious site, it is advised that all visitors come with a sense of reverence and respect. Many people visit the cemetery and leave with a sense of connection with the earth and its past. -Cathryn D. Blue
The Great River Road, or the River Road, is a long, winding road that has the Mississippi River flanking it on one side and limestone bluffs on the other. Built in 1938, it is a network of local, state and federal roads. The road beautifully showcases the 10 states bordering the great river. As you drive along, you will come across verdure farms, meadows and forests, limestone cliffs, swamps, parks, and historic towns, making it one of the most scenic routes in the US. A portion of the route has been classified as a national scenic byway, and it is the meeting point of the Mississipi, Illinois and Missouri rivers.
Housed in the historic Old Post Office Plaza, La Perla in downtown St. Louis is the perfect spot for those looking for an intimate space for their event. Each of the three event spaces – the Great Room, the Balcony, and the Bank Vault – reflect its vintage character and unique charm. Great for wedding ceremonies, receptions, luncheon, private parties, and corporate gatherings, La Perla has much to offer.
The Union Avenue Christian Church is a beautiful church which is remarkable both for its beautiful architecture and for its cultural programs. The beautiful rose window, arched entryway, mullioned, stained-glass windows and tall bell tower make this church a sight worth seeing in itself. That's not all, however, as the church is also home to the Union Avenue Opera, an organization which is led by the music director of the church and which organizes regular opera performances at this church.
The skillfully designed Saint Louis Abbey is a world-renowned architectural as well as spiritual haven. This historic landmark was established in 1955. A few monks from the Benedictine Ampleforth Abbey laid the foundation for this mammoth establishment. Affiliated to the Roman Catholic English Benedictine Congregation, the abbey is home to numerous monks, who lead a disciplined life of prayer and work. While the inspiring tales about the lives of these monks sure attract many a discerning traveler, the immaculate and captivating façade of the abbey has droves of curious wanderers flocking its grounds. The three-tiered structure houses European modern art as well as sculptures and relics from the 14th Century, making it a must-visit destination for history buffs too.