Missouri History Museum
A Confluence Attraction
Wednesday through Monday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lindell Boulevard at DeBaliviere Avenue
Northern edge of Forest Park
(By car) From I-40/64, exit at Kingshighway North. Proceed north to West Pine, turn left onto Lindell Boulevard and proceed west to DeBaliviere. The museum is located immediately left of the intersection.
(By Metro transit) Exit the MetroLink light rail system at the Forest Park Stop and walk south two blocks along DeBaliviere.
History and Features
The Missouri Historical Society, which operates the Missouri History Museum, was founded in 1866. It owns extensive object and paper collections relating to the histories of the St. Louis region, the State of Missouri and the exploration of the American West, and spanning centuries from the Mississippian period to the present day. The Museum offers exhibitions on many themes, either created from its own collections or organized as traveling exhibits by other institutions.
The Museum’s original exhibitions facility, the Jefferson Memorial Building, was dedicated in 1913 as the first national monument to Thomas Jefferson. It commemorates his central role in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, which doubled the size of the fledgling United States. The Jefferson Memorial was constructed with proceeds from St. Louis’ Louisiana Purchase Centennial Exposition (popularly known as the 1904 World’s Fair) and located on the site of the main entrance to the fairgrounds. In 2000, a graceful addition overlooking Forest Park was dedicated, significantly expanding the Museum’s capacity for modern exhibits, events and programs.
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