AAA Editor Notes
Saint Louis Art Museum sits atop Art Hill at One Fine Arts Dr., within Forest Park. Built to house the Palace of Fine Arts pavilion at the 1904 World's Fair, this Beaux Arts-style building was designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert. Guarded by the heroic statue of The Apotheosis of St. Louis, the museum's collection features more than 30,000 works of art covering nearly every culture and time period, including Oceanic art, Pre-Columbian art, ancient Chinese bronzes, and European and American art of the late 19th through 20th centuries. There is a special emphasis on 20th-century German art and the works of Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham.
The museum also presents changing exhibitions of major touring shows and offers a print study room, library, lectures, performances, films, classes and family programs. An extension to the museum is under construction and is due for completion in the summer of 2013.
Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.