Museums Are a Feast For the Eyes

Art in Missouri
Author: H&L Partners
The Show-Me State loves good art; we display it everywhere. Stroll through the halls of our remarkable art museums, dedicated to global and local artists. Take home a masterpiece from one of our galleries. No matter where you look in Missouri, you’ll find quite the artist’s palette.

Twelve galleries and more than 10,000 art objects adorn the Springfield Art Museum. Visit “Hooves, Tails, and Claws: Audubon's Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America,” a special exhibit highlighting the
field study of animal life from the portfolio of John James Audubon. In addition to world renowned artists, the museum proudly showcases works by local artists. Admission is free; donations are always welcome.

The fourth Friday of each month (February thru November), Ste. Genevieve art galleries offer visitors the opportunity to view works of local and regional artists at the Fourth Friday Art Walk. That night, shops in the historic district extend their hours so you can have a leisurely stroll and visit the participating galleries. Buy a $5 pass; have it stamped at each gallery; enter for a chance to win a selected work of art. Ask any gallery for details.

In Cape Girardeau, one hour south of Ste. Genevieve, resides the Edward Bernard Gallery. The gallery features more than 90 artists, displaying fabulous works in a variety of media, including: glass; ceramics; wood; paintings; and other types. Ninety-five percent of the works featured are American made. Many of the glass artists studied at the Pilchuck Glass School, co-founded by world famous glass artist Dale Chihuly.

Kansas City boasts a vast array of accolades – from their barbecue to their art museums. Stop by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art for an array of fascinating exhibits. 

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, also located in Kansas City, is considered one of the top art museums in the nation. Showcasing artwork from around the globe, its collection of current and traveling exhibits makes every visit a new adventure. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free.   

Make a vacation of it in Kansas City and stay at one of the most notable hotels in the United States. Readers of Travel+Leisure voted The Raphael Hotel one of the 2014 T+L 500 World's Best Hotels. Located in Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza district, this boutique hotel features original oil paintings, mosaics and other works by acclaimed artists. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A little oasis lies in Columbia at the Art Gallery inside the State Historical Society of Missouri, on the University of Missouri campus. Among many other items, Thomas Hart Benton paintings are on permanent display, featuring his “Year of Peril” series.

An hour west of Columbia, the town of Sedalia is home to the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting modern and contemporary works of art in nine exhibition galleries. Works by Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams and Dale Chihuly are on permanent display at the museum, located on the State Fair Community College campus.

The Grand Center is home to a thriving art community in St. Louis, including the Contemporary Art Museum, dedicated to exhibiting the visual arts and artists of our time and to producing nationally recognized education programs.  A non-collecting art museum, the facility features six Main Gallery exhibitions each season, in a variety of media.   

Bringing art to the community is one of the founding principles of the Foundry Art Centre. Overlooking the Missouri River in St. Charles, the Foundry invites visitors into the creative process with 20 working art studios. Watch the artists in action and take home a piece for your growing collection.

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

  Edward Bernard Gallery
A contemporary gallery displaying original, handmade works by more than 90 artists. The art includes: ...

  Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Kansas City’s renowned modern and contemporary art museum, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art ...

  The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is recognized internationally as one of the finest general art museums ...

  The Raphael Hotel
This one of a kind boutique hotel is patterned after Europe's fine small hotels. The Raphael is designed ...

  State Historical Society of Missouri Art Galleries
The State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center-Columbia offers a reference library, manuscript ...

  Daum Museum of Contemporary Art
The Daum collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits modern and contemporary works of art. It houses ...

  Grand Center – St. Louis
Grand Center is an arts and entertainment district; home to more than 1,500 cultural events annually; ...

  Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents, supports, and celebrates the art of our time. Our mission ...

  Foundry Art Centre
The Foundry Art Centre's mission is to bring together the arts, artists and the community through exhibitions, ...