Saint Louis' Top Museums Walking Tour (Self Guided), Saint Louis

Saint Louis is a city that has a wide variety of attractions on offer for the tourist. You can discover the cultural past and present of Saint Louis by visiting some of its museums and galleries. This walking tour will take you through the most popular museums in Saint Louis.
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Saint Louis' Top Museums Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Saint Louis' Top Museums Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Saint Louis (See other walking tours in Saint Louis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Author: doris
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Soldiers' Memorial Military Museum
  • Campbell House Museum
  • City Museum
  • Laclede's Landing Wax Museum of Saint Louis
  • Museum of Westward Expansion
  • Eugene Field House and Saint Louis Toy Museum
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Soldiers' Memorial Military Museum

1) Soldiers' Memorial Military Museum (must see)

The Soldiers' Memorial in downtown St. Louis is a memorial and military museum, at 1315 Chestnut Street, operated by the St. Louis Board of Public Service. Interior east and west wings contain display cases with military displays and memorabilia from World War I and subsequent American wars.

The building was designed by St. Louis architectural firm Mauran, Russell & Crowell in a stripped Classical style, with a severely simplified form and limited ornament. It was dedicated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1936 and officially opened to the public on Memorial Day, 1938. Four monumental sculptural groups representing figures of Loyalty, Vision, Courage and Sacrifice by sculptor Walker Hancock stand, with their horses, on the north and south sides of the building. Other architectural sculpture here was completed by Hillis Arnold.

Why You Should Visit:
Recently renovated and housing an amazing military museum of every weapon imaginable. Most exhibits are presented in outdated glass display cases, but if you overlook that, there's plenty to see.

Opening Hours:
Mon–Fri: 9am–4:30pm; Sat–Sun: 10am–7pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Campbell House Museum

2) Campbell House Museum (must see)

The Campbell House Museum opened on February 6, 1943, and is in the greater St. Louis area. The museum was documented as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey between 1936 and 1941, designated a City of St. Louis Landmark in 1946, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, and became a National Trust for Historic Preservation Save America's Treasures project in 2000.

The Campbell House Museum commemorates the home and Victorian lifestyle of Robert Campbell and his wife Virginia Kyle Campbell. In preparing an inventory and evaluation of the estate, leading experts in history, architecture and art were called. All were amazed after visiting the house, pronouncing, "probably nowhere in America, possible nowhere else, is such an intact and integral display of elaborate and ornate furnishings of the middle Victorian period to be found, as in the Campbell mansion".

During the 1940s the Campbell House was one of the only museums dedicated to the history and decorative arts of mid-Victorian America. The discovery of the Campbell House photo album allowed for accurate restoration of the interior rooms. In February 2000, the restoration of the house started with the packing and storing of the entire museum collection. The exterior restoration was complete by mid-2001. The interior restoration began in the Spring 2001 and was completed in 2005 restoring the house as closely as possible to its appearance in the 1885 photographs.

Why You Should Visit:
Personally guided tours of this meticulously restored and maintained treasure are wonderful.
You truly do step back into time upon entering the house with its beautiful woodwork, artwork, and furnishings.

Tip:
Don't miss the tour over the holidays when the museum is decorated with antique decorations (be advised, however, that on certain days of the week and in January and February the tours are by appointment only).
The shop is also very unique offering lithograph nightlights and books about the St Louis area.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Sat: 10am–4pm; Sun: 12pm–4pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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City Museum

3) City Museum (must see)

City Museum is a museum, consisting largely of repurposed architectural and industrial objects, housed in the former International Shoe building in the Washington Avenue Loft District of St. Louis. Popular among residents and tourists, the museum bills itself as an "eclectic mixture of children's playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel." Visitors are encouraged to feel, touch, climb on, and play in the various exhibits. The museum attracted over 300,000 visitors in 1999 and over 600,000 in 2007. It has been named one of the "great public spaces" by the Project for Public Spaces and has won other local and international awards as a must-see destination.

City Museum was founded by artist Bob Cassilly, who remained the museum's artistic director until his death, and his then-wife Gail Cassilly. The museum's building was once a shoe factory and warehouse but was mostly vacant when the Cassillys bought it in 1983. Construction began in January 1995 and the building opened to the public on October 25, 1997. The museum has since expanded, adding new exhibits such as MonstroCity in 2002, Enchanted Caves and Shoe Shaft in 2003, and World Aquarium in 2004. A circus ring on the third floor offers daily live acts. The City Museum also houses The Shoelace Factory, whose antique braiding machines makes colorful shoelaces for sale.

Why You Should Visit:
This place is like the biggest playground in the world, and is quite literally, fun for all ages.

Tip:
Be prepared to sweat and work out! Knee-pads are a must (and sold in their gift shop if you forget).
Make sure you come on a day with good weather, so you can enjoy the outdoor parts. The extra $5 for the rooftop is worth it.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Thu: 9am-5pm; Fri-Sat: 9am-12am; Sun: 11am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Laclede's Landing Wax Museum of Saint Louis

4) Laclede's Landing Wax Museum of Saint Louis

Laclède's Landing is a popular attraction located in St. Louis. The Landing is a multi-block collection of cobblestone streets and vintage brick-and-cast-iron warehouses dating from 1850 through 1900, now converted into shops, restaurants, and bars. In 1763, a French merchant Pierre Laclède, along with a crew of 30, set to explore the Illinois Country and establish a fur trading post. In 1764, Laclède chose the first elevated site below the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. In 1784, the site was cleared and temporary cabins were built. Soon the village became the center of commerce with furs as the main source of exchange for goods.

Today, Laclède's Landing, a nine - block industrial area that once housed companies producing coffee, leather goods, mattresses, tobacco, whiskey, candy, and machinery for the barges, features some of the most distinctive restaurants and sidewalk cafes in Saint Louis. Visitors to Laclède's Landing can experience the charm of cobblestone streets and century old brick and cast iron facade buildings as they browse through specialty gift shops.

During the day, the historical district is also home to people who work at the many offices located on the edge of the Mississippi River. At night, horse drawn carriages and live music add to the atmosphere of one of the premier entertainment areas in St. Louis. Nearby, sightseeing excursions and gaming boats offer additional choices for entertainment.

Operation hours: Sunday – Thursday: 11 am – 8 pm; Friday & Saturday: 11 am – 10 pm.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museum of Westward Expansion

5) Museum of Westward Expansion (must see)

The Museum of Westward Expansion is located at the base of the Gateway Arch and shows the history of America's expansion toward the West. The museum has some outstanding artifacts from the Lewis and Clark period. There you can learn about the life and customs of the American Indians’ life and other most interesting facts.

Why You Should Visit:
A nice balance of types of exhibits: big, small, interactive, simple, complex...
Rather than simply glorifying the westward expansion as an achievement, the exhibits pay great respect to native Americans, Mexicans, slaves, women, and others who were not always treated well.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8am-5pm
Winter hours: 9am-6pm
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Eugene Field House and Saint Louis Toy Museum

6) Eugene Field House and Saint Louis Toy Museum

The Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum is the place of birth of renowned American writer Eugene Field. On display here are personal objects of the writer himself and his father, Roswell Field. In 1853 Roswell Field was Scott's slaves' family attorney, when they appealed in federal court for their freedom. The refusal of the United States Supreme Court to treat Dred and Harriet as citizens is believed by many to be a factor that precipitated the Civil War. In the Field House & Museum can be seen the original restored furniture, photo exhibits, and a papercraft exhibition. The Museum also contains a vast collection of toys and dolls with the oldest dating back to 1790.

Operation Hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm

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