When you're looking for free things to do in St. Louis, Forest Park is the place to go. The park is home to many of St. Louis' top free attractions like the Missouri History Museum. The museum is filled with exhibits about St. Louis past and present. It also welcomes special exhibits, and hosts free special events during the year. Here's a quick guide for making the most of your next visit.
Location and Hours
The Missouri History Museum is located along the north side of Forest Park at the intersection of Lindell and DeBaliviere.
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours Tuesday until 8 p.m. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission is free.
Exhibits and Galleries
Much of the focus of the Missouri History Museum is on the early history of St. Louis and Missouri. There's an ongoing exhibit about the 1904 World's Fair, and another about the changes St. Louis has seen over the last 200 years. Each year, the museum also brings in several short-term exhibits that focus on a variety of topics from The Civil War to Native American treasures. Some of the special exhibits do have an admission fee.
Free Special Events
The exhibits are the primary focus, but they aren't the only things to see and do. The museum hosts a number of free events throughout the year. Some of the most popular are the Twilight Tuesday concerts in the spring and fall, and the free movies at Family Film Days in the winter.
There are also weekly free lectures, gallery talks and storytelling. For the current schedule, see the museum's online calendar.
Dine at Bixby's
The museum's restaurant, Bixby's, has become a destination itself. Bixby's is known for its Sunday brunch, and for using locally sourced food like G & W sausages and Baetje Farm goat cheeses to create its menu.
Bixby's is open for Monday through Saturday for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday for brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Library and Research Center
Those interested in geneaology can find a wealth of information at the museum's Library and Research Center. The center has the area's most extensive collection of records, archives and photographs documenting the history of St. Louis, the state of Missouri and the Mississippi River region.
The Library and Research Center is located near the History Museum at 225 South Skinker Boulevard on the west side of Forest Park. The center is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.