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“Free Attraction That Is Mostly About St. Louis”

Missouri History Museum
Ranked #23 of 274 things to do in Saint Louis
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Owner description: The Missouri History Museum preserves St. Louis and Missouri history through exhibitions, programs, research, publications, archives and permanent collections. Visitors discover stories of Lewis & Clark and westward expansion, the 1904 World's Fair, the brewing industry, Lindbergh and aviation history, St. Louis' importance to the civil rights movement, and more. Long-term exhibitions include "Seeking St. Louis" and "1904 World's Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward." Visit the Museum's website for information on special exhibitions.
Reviewed October 27, 2013

My wife and I decided to visit the Missouri Museum of History on a rainy Saturday. There is no admission charge for most of the museum, but there is a $10 charge for the special exhibit (that we didn’t visit). As you enter the museum and approach the information desk, you will see the “Spirit of St. Louis” airplane hanging from the ceiling. This is the airplane that Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic Ocean and landed in Paris, France.

For free admission, you cannot beat this place as an attraction. Though it is the Missouri Museum of History, it should be named the Saint Louis Museum of History as most everything has a St. Louis focus and little about the rest of the state. As an example, there are a number of Cardinals baseball items, but no Kansas City Royals. Even St. Louis Cardinals football has a place, with a small Rams display, but nothing about the KC Chiefs.

I recommend that you pair a visit to the museum with looking around in Forest Park, in which the museum is contained.

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

I always rate a museum by how much I learned. I learned quite a bit about St Louis. From the World's Fair, to Missouri and the civil war. We were there for about 2 hours, and saw pretty much everything. The gentleman at the front was very friendly and helpful. Plus it's free!!!!

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Reviewed October 17, 2013

We wanted to see the 1902 World's Fair exhibit since my great grandfather had attended. We were surprised at no general admission fee. The museum volunteer that day was wonderful giving insider info as she had distant relatives who had attended and recounted some of the family stories. It is amazing to learn how big it was and what it took to build it. Can't believe they built this huge venue then tore most of it down after it was over. Also learned the concept of city planning was born out of this project. The museum's restaurant is lovely. It overlooks the beautiful outdoors of Forest Park. There is an interesting menu with fresh local items. Service was slow but we weren't in a hurry. Don't be on a tight schedule if you plan to eat there.

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Reviewed October 16, 2013

The world fair exhibit was very interesting and seeing the Spirit of St. Louis was also pretty cool. The 1960's exhibit was also fun. See it if you are in Forrest Park.

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Reviewed October 15, 2013

This history of St. Louis is covered a lot more than the history of Missouri. I was somewhat frustrated by the pattern that was used to lead people thru the exhibits. It was very easy to miss something. The museum also seemed more geared toward children than adults. This is a world-wide complaint about museums right now. As a historian, I was also frustrated by the wording on some of the exhibits. It was part of the truth, but not the whole truth. As a former fact checker for history texts this drives me up the wall.

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