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“An Interesting Outdoor Experience”

Laumeier Sculpture Park
Ranked #24 of 263 things to do in Saint Louis
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Owner description: The landscape of this park is dominated by modern sculptures.
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
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“An Interesting Outdoor Experience”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

A great walking experience with a variety of art objects to observe and interact with. Can be fun even in the winter.

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“Great for a nice afternoon”
Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

This is a great place for the family. The kids can have fun playing or a picnic. They often have events at the park or live music which is a nice treat. If you like art/sculptures then you will enjoy those also.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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62 reviews
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“Free Attraction with Hit or Miss Quality”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

I had an OK time at the free-to-visit Laumeier Sculpture Park despite visiting in the middle of winter.

My visit was three days after a snow and sleet storm, so with this being an open-air park, I went in knowing that snow and ice would be a factor. The parking lots are well maintained though, and had already been cleared of snow & ice. I then had difficulty finding the main trail, as that had not been removed of snow. There was a sign posted letting visitors know some sculptures had been removed and stored for winter, which was completely understandable.

All aspects of Laumeier are free; it’s free to park your car, free to walk around the sculptures, and free to visit the museum. The park looks big on a map, but I found it to be a short, pleasant walk on the main trail from the north end to the south end of the park and back. It seemed liked most of the other visitors were locals out walking their dog or just there for exercise. One neat thing was that some of the outdoor sculptures have description plaques in Braille, along with miniature models of the sculptures you can touch.

When it came to the sculptures, in my opinion it was very hit-and-miss as to whether the sculpture was interesting or not. This point was demonstrated by two different pieces in the park. My favorite sculpture is called “The Way” by Alexander Liberman. It’s large, bold, and dramatic. You can see it from a fairly far away, and it still looks neat even when you walk up close to it. On the flip side, the “High Rise” sculpture is a joke, consisting of an ugly used dumpster filled with what appears to be firewood (and furniture that might as well be firewood).

Other sculpture falls somewhere in between. The famous “Eye” sculpture is remarkably detailed and shows a high level or craftsmanship and artistry, but remains too unsettling and outlandish to be enjoyable.

Another big downside of my decision to visit during the winter is that the snow made venturing on the various nature trails a no-go for me. Based on the visitor map, it only looks like I missed seeing a couple sculptures by not venturing onto the nature trails.

I purposely timed my visit so the museum on the park ground would be open, which I visited after walking the grounds. Problem one was that it was not clear the main building actually houses the museum. The worst part though was simply finding the building’s entrance. Walking from the parking lot to the north side of the building, there is a large entrance, but it had a sign saying something to the effect of “staff and deliveries entrance only”. The main entrance on the south side of the building was barred, with a sign saying “go to the museum shop entrance”. I couldn’t see any sidewalk leading to the other entrance, so I walked around half the building. When I finally found where the entrance was, the stairs leading up to the entrance from the east side had a big pile of snow at the top, so that was perilous to tread around.

Once I finally managed to get inside, there were two friendly staff members who greeted me. They told me the current exhibit was essentially a library book exhibit. As I walked through the “museum”, I was instantly disappointed. The first room consisted of nothing more than a couch and reading area. Progressing further, the displays for the exhibit consisted of wooden shelves displaying about eight books a piece. That said, I did enjoy looking through some of the books. There are about six framed drawings that I believe consist of the “permanent collection”, and even those pieces were moderately interesting at best. There was a completely unused display room on the far west end of the museum too. There was no one else visiting the museum beside me, and after viewing the exhibit, it wasn’t hard to understand why.

I still had an OK experience despite the weather conditions, so I’m sure the experience can only improve outside the winter months, when there are more sculptures on display and the park is easier to traverse.

Visited February 2013
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Buford, Georgia
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73 reviews
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“Sculpture in the boonies”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

This sculpture park is pretty much in the boonies. It's easy to miss, but it is an interesting place take pic nic lunch and hang out for awhile. Lots of trees and shade, as well as lots of interesting sculptures. A great place for a senior photo shoot.

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St. Louis
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

This park is beautiful, and it's free! Laumeier is one of the largest sculpture parks in the country. Most of the sculptures are in open areas, but be sure and take the walking trail through the woods, where you will see some larger sculptures scattered throughout. There's also an attraction especially for canines.

Visited May 2012
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