Climatron at Missouri Botanical Garden photo by Bob Moore

Climatron Reopens at Missouri Botanical Garden

Visitors to the Missouri Botanical Garden can once again enjoy the tropical rainforest setting inside the Climatron as it reopens to the public Thursday-Sunday.

The Garden reopened to the public on June 16 following an unprecedented three-month closure due to COVID-19. The Climatron remained closed at that time to allow staff to safely care for the collection and perform necessary maintenance to get the conservatory visitor-ready. During the closure only a handful of horticulture staff members were permitted on site, which meant much catch-up work as additional staff began to return.

The Climatron will remain closed to visitors two days a week to allow staff to continue caring for the living collection in a safe manner. Due to narrow paths, it is not possible for staff to do this work while the Climatron is open to visitors.

Visitors can safely enjoy the Climatron Thursday-Sunday by following a one-way path through the conservatory.

The Climatron is the first geodesic dome to be used as a conservatory. It opened to the public in 1960, and celebrates its 60th birthday this year.

Other Garden areas reopening include the Boxwood Garden, Carver Garden, Chinese Garden, Ottoman Garden, Rock Garden, and the Herb Garden. All of these spaces will be all be closed two days a week for maintenance, but will be open to visitors Thursday-Sunday.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Last entry is at 4 p.m. The Garden remains closed on Mondays.

Many St. Louis attractions have opened in phases including: Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri Botanical Garden, Butterfly House, Missouri History Museum, Soldiers Memorial, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Art Museum, City Museum, St. Louis Aquarium and St. Louis Wheel and Magic House.

In the spirit of supporting St. Louis, we have relaunched STL Front Page. Twenty-five years ago, the St. Louis Front Page, published by Moore Design Group, began as a visual  guide to St. Louis attractions, historical neighborhoods, hotels, restaurants and the entertainment scene. We are introducing "Experience St. Louis" with Places to Visit, Places to Stay, Places to Eat and Maps to get you to your destination. It's a work in progress. As St. Louis gradually reopens for business we will be there to help guide you through our beautiful city. We are all in this together. We are #stlouisstrong. We are #stlouisfriendly.


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Spotlight on Forest Park

In 1904, St. Louis hosted the Louisiana Purchase Exposition and the Summer Olympics at Forest Park, adjoining the Central West End.

Following the World's Fair, Forest Park became known as the 'Crown Jewel of St. Louis.' The 1,371-acre features: Saint Louis ZOO; Saint Louis Art Museum; The Muny; Saint Louis Science Center; Missouri History Museum; and the Jewel Box.

More than 10 million visitors come to the park each year to participate in softball, cricket, rugby, tennis, golf, archery, lacrosse and soccer. They also ride bikes, ice and roller skate, roller-blade, jog, fish and have fun.

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Tour the Attractions

St. Louis offers a variety of attractions including: Historical Old Courthouse, National Blues Museum, Union Station, St. Louis Aquarium, The Wheel, Enterprise Center, Steifel Theatre, Citygarden, St. Louis City Library, St. Louis City Hall, City Museum, Campbell House, Field House Museum, Baseball Hall of Fame, Busch Stadium and Anheuser-Busch in downtown St. Louis; Missouri Botanical Garden near Tower Grove Park; Delmar Loop in University City; Grant's Farm, in South County, Butterfly House, the Museum of Transportation and West Port Plaza in West County; Historic Main Street in St. Charles, MO; Six Flags, near Eureka; the Daniel Boone Home near Defiance, MO; and the Mastodon State Historic Site near Kimmswick, MO.

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Our History

St. Louis was founded in 1764 by Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau as a fur trading post on the west banks of the Mississippi River. Today, Laclede's Landing, a nine - block industrial area that once housed companies producing coffee, leather goods, mattresses, tobacco, whiskey, candy and machinery for the barges, features some of the most unique restaurants, sidewalk cafes, hotels and a casino.

St. Louis was named after the Crusader King Louis IX of France. The city is often referred to as the Gateway to the West, after the Gateway Arch was built in 1965.


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