Whether you’re a casual art fan or a serious collector, Missouri’s museums will wow you. From postmodern sculptures to Renaissance paintings, our state’s galleries offer it all. Note: The festivals referenced in the heading have expired and been removed.
Explore the acclaimed, 21st-century works on display at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. This modern jewel, located in the Grand Center art and entertainment district, showcases some of the world’s most talked-about artists. On the first Friday of each month, the Contemporary treats visitors to extended museum hours, artist talks, DJs and a cash bar.
In St. Louis County, Laumeier Sculpture Park dazzles visitors with a vast collection of contemporary sculptures. Take a stroll through the park’s lush 105 acres and encounter works by such internationally acclaimed artists as Ernest Trova, Mark di Suvero, Sol LeWitt and Donald Judd. Many more treasures reside indoors, including drawings, paintings, glass works and ceramics.
Celebrate a quintessential American art form at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. Known as one of the nation’s great jazz cities, Kansas City welcomes visitors to this vibrant museum in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District. While at the museum, check out interactive exhibits; watch films about the music’s history; and catch a live session at the Blue Room Jazz Club and the Gem Theater. On the same block, visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, for a look at the sights, sounds and feel of the game’s storied past. Video presentations and memorabilia in the 10,000 square-foot multimedia exhibit chronicle the history and heroes of the Negro Leagues, from the origin in 1920 to the 1960s.
See artistic objects, tools, domestic items, and religious totems in the Museum of Anthropology, on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia. The permanent collection features objects from North American Indian cultures. Impressively, the Museum of Anthropology is home to the largest collection of prehistoric Missouri artifacts in the world. Rotating exhibits are curated from millions of objects dating to 9,000 B.C. Also, the museum holds items from other cultures throughout the world.
For decades, visitors have admired the vast collection at the world-renowned Saint Louis Art Museum. The East Building expansion houses an impressive collection of Oceanic art, Chinese bronzes, late 19th- and 20th-century European and American works, plus impressive contemporary pieces.
Walk in the steps of an American icon at the Walt Disney Hometown Museum and discover the inspiration for Walt’s art. Located in his childhood hometown of Marceline, this wonderful museum features more than 3,000 artifacts and memorabilia donated by Disney family members. The collection includes many handwritten letters, giving visitors a glimpse into Walt’s happy Missouri childhood. At the family farm (less than two miles away), you can see Walt’s Dreaming Tree and Barn, where the young man began to imagine some of the world’s most beloved characters, and where he put on his first productions.
At the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, view one of the Midwest’s largest collections of American art from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st century. This museum is a must-visit for artists and art lovers.