Saint Louis Art Museum#7 in Best Things To Do in St. Louis
Whether you enjoy art or are just looking for a way to pass the time while exploring Forest Park, travelers suggest checking out the Saint Louis Art Museum. Home to more than 34,000 works of art, the museum showcases pieces from Europe, Asia and ancient Egypt. You'll find a mix of paintings, sculptures, photographs, textiles and more displayed here.
Former visitors loved perusing the Saint Louis Art Museum's collections, adding that its temporary "Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds" exhibit (which is available until Sept. 9) and its permanent "European Art" gallery can't be missed. Past travelers also appreciated the museum's complimentary admission, though extra charges apply for access to select rotating exhibits every day except Friday. Tickets for special events and galleries are sold on MetroTix's website. You'll also want to be mindful of the museum's photography policy: Only flash-free photography is permitted in the featured and permanent exhibits.
To get to the property, you can drive, take MetroLink's Blue Line to Skinker station, or ride the Blue Forest Park Trolley to the No. 11 stop. If you decide to drive, free parking is available in two lots on Fine Arts Drive, or you can park (for a fee) in the garage. The museum welcomes visitors Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Fridays. On-site amenities include a restaurant, a cafe, two gift shops and restrooms. Additional information about the Saint Louis Art Museum's collections, facilities, special events and more can be found on the property's website.
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#1 Gateway Arch
This monument to the country's westward expansion is also an engineering marvel, which St. Louisans remain proud of more than 50 years after its construction. The stainless steel Gateway Arch, which was designed and submitted by Eero Saarinen during a national competition, rises 630 feet into the air and spans 630 feet from leg to leg. Visitors can learn more about the history of the arch at the Museum of Westward Expansion and the Gateway Arch Visitors Center. Opened in July 2018, the building sits below the arch and includes six new galleries that detail the history of the West. What's more, the park now boasts more than 5 miles of walking and biking paths.
Although it's free to enjoy on the ground, many former travelers suggest paying the $10 to $13 fee to ride to the top of the Gateway Arch, citing its incredible aerial views. For another stunning vantage point during the warmer months, consider buying a one-hour sightseeing cruise ticket, which costs $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 15. Tickets for both activities can be purchased in advance on the Gateway Arch ticket portal.
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