The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the leading art museums with more than 100 galleries. The building was designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert as the Palace of Fine Arts for the 1904 World's Fair in Forest Park. Standing atop Art Hill, it is the "crown" jewel" of the 1,370-acre park. The Grand Basin is the lake at the foot of Art Hill and served as the focal point of the 1904 World's Fair
The Saint Louis Art Museum has opened its Sir David Chipperfield-designed East Building in 2013. The expansion project has enabled the renovation and reinstallation of the iconic 1904 building. More than 1,450 works of art have been reinstalled in 68 galleries; approximately one-third of these works have not been on view for at least 20 years
Among the reinstalled galleries are new installations of Native American and Ancient American Art, African Art, Korean Art, Islamic Art, and a sequence of galleries for European painting and sculpture spanning from the Renaissance to the mid-20th century. Recently awarded LEED Gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council, Chipperfield's design for the more than 200,000-square-foot East Building presents a contemporary counterpart to the Museum's neo-classical 1904 building. The design organically links the two buildings, and a new Grand Stair provides a seamless transition between the main and the lower-level galleries and visitor amenities. Museum visitors may use the fully accessible new entrance to the East Building or the existing Sculpture Hall entrance to the Main Building where the original floor plan has been restored as part of the expansion project.
The façade of the East Building features floor-to-ceiling windows and 23 monumental panels of dark polished concrete, with highlights of Missouri river aggregates. Inside the galleries, innovative coffered ceilings made of light concrete and scrimmed skylights provide abundant but controlled natural light, and wide-plank white oak floors and stainless steel floor vents provide a distraction-free setting for the works of art.
In the East Building, the inaugural installation in the new main exhibition galleries features Postwar German Art in the Collection, an extensive re-examination of a major aspect of the Museum's holdings, curated by Tricia Y. Paik, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art.
Update: The Saint Louis Art Museum has announced that it will reopen June 16 . New protocols are being put in place based on guidelines from the city’s Department of Health, the CDC and other state and regional authorities. Please make note of these prior to your visit so that all visitors’ experiences are enjoyable.
Visitor capacity is limited to 10 percent of the usual capacity or 350 persons at a time in the permanent-collection galleries. Visitor capacity is limited to 60 people per hour in the exhibition Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dalí, which has been extended to September 7, 2020. Tickets are now on sale. Social distancing is encouraged throughout the Museum. All staff and visitors age 9 and older are required to wear masks; masks for visitors between the ages of 2 and 8 are encouraged.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Friday, 10:00 am-9:00 pm; Closed Monday. Admission to the Saint Louis Art Museum is free. Admission to featured exhibitions is free on Friday, subject to availability.
Directions: The Saint Louis Art Museum, is located at One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri 63110-1380. For more information, call 314-771-0072.
The more than 200,000-square-foot East Building presents a contemporary counterpart to the neo-classical 1904 building. Innovative coffered ceilings made of light concrete and scrimmed skylights provide abundant natural light.
The design organically links the two buildings, and a new Grand Stair provides a seamless transition between the main and the lower-level galleries and visitor amenities.
The Museum's collections feature more than 30,000 art treasures from ancient times to the present. Highlights include art of the Renaissance, masterpieces of Impressionism, American European Art, Asian art, Period Rooms, the Egyptian mummy, and world-renowned collections of pre-Columbian and German Expressionist art.
Andy Goldsworthy's Stone Sea, commissioned by the Museum, features 25 10-foot stone arches, each weighing approximately 13 tons, which were sourced from the Earthworks Quarry in Perryville, Missouri.
The Saint Louis Art Museum building was designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert as the Palace of Fine Arts for the 1904 World's Fair in Forest Park. Standing atop Art Hill, it is the "crown" jewel" of the 1,370-acre park.