When you're ready to take a break from the park or the pool this summer, head inside to see what's new at Missouri museums and historic places. Special exhibits make it easy to find something captivating to see in the coming months in the Show-Me State.
Saint Louis Science Center: Experience the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the rediscovery of an ancient Roman city at Pompeii: The Exhibition at the St. Louis Science Center. Pompeii was a flourishing city in 79 A.D. when a sudden disaster struck at the height of the Roman Empire. The exhibit, May 17 – Sept. 14, includes artifacts on loan from Italy and an immersive 4-D theater recreates the eruption's sights, sounds and shaking ground.
Saint Louis Art Museum: Interact with art conservators at the Saint Louis Art Museum during the Conserving the Mississippi Panorama exhibit May 21 – July 31. The conservators are working to preserve the 170-year-old Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley – 25 scenes painted on 350 feet of fabric that scroll from one roller to another, a form of entertainment popular in the 1800s.
Kansas City Union Station: Explore the mysteries of Stonehenge this summer at Kansas City's Union Station. The exhibit features one of the most famous monuments in the world and includes 300 ancient artifacts, half of which have never been on display outside of Europe. Modern scientific research reveals information about who built the prehistoric structure and how they did it. Stonehenge: Ancient Mysteries and Modern Discoveries runs from May 25 – Sept. 29.
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City: View society through the eyes of African American artists during the 30 Americans exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. More than 80 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs and videos from 30 artists were selected to convey race, history, identity and beauty that have influenced contemporary American art and life for the past 40 years. The exhibit runs June 1 – Aug. 25.
Daum Art Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia: Images of flora, fauna and an everchanging moon are incorporated into artist Sarah Nguyen's cut fiber panels, transforming her drawings into three-dimensional art. Winged Eclipse, Momentary Shadows will feature Nguyen's work June 28 – Aug. 25 at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art on the campus of State Fair Community College.
Written by Liz Coleman