You could spend several days at the St. Louis Art Museum but we only spent a few hours. There are two buildings and three floors, we went in both buildings but only on the first floor. The amount of beautiful artwork is outstanding! Right outside the front doors of the Museum is the beautiful Emerson Grand Basin and Art Hill. My favorite piece was Breaking of Vessels, below I posted the story make sure you scroll almost all the way to the bottom to read the story!
My family visited The Missouri History Museum one of the nights it was open late. Ever since I was a child, History has been a favorite subject of mine, so whenever we travel I try to visit as much of the local History I can! The museum is free to visit but a few of the exhibits had a small admission fee. My favorite exhibit was The 1904 World’s Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward, since Forest Park was the Location of The 1904 World’s Fair we were very interested in learning more about the World’s Fair. Another very interesting exhibit was Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty. This exhibit was organized by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. We decided not to take pictures in the Slavery Exhibit out of respect for the people and their families that were affected by slavery.
The Missouri History Museum is a great destination for the whole family and with the extended hours at night the perfect date spot!
We were only able to spend about 2 hours at The Zoo, but we packed in a lot in that short time! It had been several years since I had been to a Zoo. I was shocked to find out Admission was free, and even more shocked The St. Louis Zoo is spread out over 89 Acres, so make sure to wear comfy shoes! There is also a train that runs throughout the Zoo, if you choose to do this there is a small charge of $5 per person. We chose not to do the train (we needed the exercise) but if we get the chance to visit again and have more time we will do the railroad.
We saw the Storks and Ducks as soon as we stepped into the Zoo, they were beautiful! We visited the primates section, it was so fun to view them in their habitats! While we were viewing the primates we passed a Volunteer telling a group of school age children how the primates were created. I expected to hear the usual evolution story children in schools hear, but I was shocked when he told them the Biblical Creation story! It was a welcome change to hear, I think my jaw may have dropped in shock!
By far our most favorite section of the Zoo was The Sea Lion Sound! It is the most fun you can have above and below sea level, children of all ages love this Exhibit! You get to walk through an underwater tunnel right into the sea lions’ habitat where you’ll see the animals swimming all around you. One of the Sea Lions was very active and playful, a little girl used her jacket as a ribbon, and the Sea Lion put on quite a show for us! He spinned, twirled, and flipped right in front and on top of us.
After Sea Lion Sound we visited the Bears, it was a small exhibit since they are renovating the exhibit to make room for a large Polar Bear Exhibit. The St. Louis Zoo really is amazing and the fact that there is no admission fee is truly unheard of these days. It was one of the highlights of our week in St. Louis. We will definitely be going back and spending more time!