Immerse yourself in Missouri and St. Louis history at the Missouri History Museum! The free, Forest Park attraction is one of our region’s most popular and beloved cultural institutions. The museum’s building is the first national monument to Thomas Jefferson; it opened to the public in 1913 on the site of the entrance to the 1904 World’s Fair.
In addition to its permanent exhibits, Missouri History Museum’s currently features St. Louis Sound, which highlights the role St. Louis has played in American music history – from the “St. Louis tinfoil, the oldest playable recording of an American voice, to the rise of famous St. Louisans such as Miles Davis, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Nelly; as well as Gateway to Pride, a virtual exhibit that uncovers the rarely-shared or often untold stories of St. Louis’s LGBTQIA+ communities.
The museum also offers “See STL” walking tours, which highlight various neighborhoods such as Benton Park, Central West End, and Old North and St. Louis Place.