Art and History from a New Perspective


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educational museum , Museums , museum exhibits , museums , art (fine art) , Art and Artisan Galleries , Art and History , Art Galleries
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Author: H&L Partners
From fine art to unusual collections, Missouri museums challenge the imagination and invite you to explore a world filled with magical new experiences.

Take a walk through time at the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site, in Kansas City. Missouri’s most noted 20th-century artist lived in this late-Victorian style house from 1939 until his death in 1975. The house and carriage house contain many of his personal belongings – Benton converted the carriage house into an art studio.

The stories written by Samuel Clemens began in Hannibal. Visit the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum for a trip back to Twain's time. Tour the six historical buildings in Twain’s home that set the stage for Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn. Fifteen original Norman Rockwell paintings bring Twain’s characters to vibrant life. Get to know the author through his treasured artifacts and be inspired to write a new chapter in your own family history. 

Four blocks down Main Street, the Hannibal Arts Council Galleries feature year-round exhibits of well-known artists in an elegant, sophisticated setting that would astonish Tom and his friends.

For an interesting trip along the eastern edge of Missouri, follow the Mighty Mississippi down the Great River Road. Recently named one of the Best Fall Drives by The Travel Channel, this scenic route retains the beauty and splendor of the steamboat days and helps you understand Twain’s fascinations.

The Saint Louis University Museum of Art, about 10 minutes west of downtown St. Louis, features contemporary art, a Collection of Western Jesuit Missions and an extensive collection of Asian decorative arts. Located in a serene setting, this secluded gallery is the perfect spot to experience art in all of its splendor.

Visit the Downtown Arts District in Springfield for the First Friday Art Walk each month, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy original art, live music, hands-on activities and live art demonstrations in more than 20 participating galleries. Fine and casual dining, cutting-edge fashion, one-of-a-kind retail and vibrant nightlife let you experience art using all of your senses.

While you’re in the area, check out the Springfield Art Museum, which holds the distinction of being one of the city’s oldest cultural institutions. Spend a fascinating afternoon exploring the 12 galleries of fine art, including more than 10,000 art objects spanning a millennium, plus 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century American paintings, sculptures and watercolors.

Founded in 1961 to encourage artistic awareness and expression, the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau hosts changing exhibits in three distinct visual arts galleries. Plan your trip around the first Friday of the month to ensure you don’t miss the First Friday Art Walk, where art galleries and surrounding shops and businesses stay open until 9 p.m.

  Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site
The Victorian stone house was the famous artist’s home from 1939 until his death in 1975. Benton ...

  Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum
Discover how a young boy growing up in the small village of Hannibal became one of the world's most ...

  Hannibal Arts Council Galleries
Hannibal boasts a strong arts community offering year-round arts programs. The Hannibal Arts Council ...

  Springfield Art Museum
What might you see at the Springfield Art Museum? With a collection that includes more than 10,000 objects ...

  Arts Council of Southeast Missouri
The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri was founded in 1961 by local metal-smith, Otto F. Dingeldein. ...