Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Saint Louis Art Museum
Forest Park was site of the 1904 World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition). The site where the Museum now stands was the highest point at the Fair, and the building was three times as large. After the Fair, the temporary wings were demolished.
The motto chiseled in stone above the Main Entrance reads "Dedicated to Art and Free to All" and demonstrates the generosity of the people of St. Louis City and County, who in 1971 voted to support this institution through their property taxes.
Art Hill provides a wonderful venue for outdoor concerts and movies in summer, and of course, sledding in winter.
Every year through organized programs, the Museum hosts more than 30,000 students and teachers from public, private, and parochial schools.
Highlights of the Museum's collection include French Impressionism, paintings by Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham, and 20th Century German Art.
The East Building opened in 2013.
The Museum moved to Forest Park in 1906 to occupy the former World's Fair Palace of Fine Art building.
Night view of
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1904.
Location. 38° 38.311′ N, 90° 17.537′ W. Marker is in Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on Fine Arts Drive 0.1 miles north of Government Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Fine Arts Drive, Saint Louis MO 63110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Elegance and Beauty through the Years (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Grand Basin (approx. 0.3 miles away); Government Hill & The World's Fair Pavilion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Government Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); World's Fair Pavilion (approx. 0.4 miles away); Where Do We Celebrate Our Rights? (approx. half a mile away); Can the Past Tear Us Apart? (approx. half a mile away); What's the Value of Open Space? (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forest Park.
More about this marker. A map of Forest Park is on the back of the marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on October 17, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 17, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.