History comes alive when we inhabit the spaces once frequented by those who wrote it, particularly when that space has undergone the historian's scrutiny to tease out its secrets. These historic homes—repositories of the belongings and stories of prominent and lesser-known St. Louisans, from Daniel Boone, Ulysses S. Grant and Scott Joplin to Samuel Cupples, Thomas Sappington and Henry Chatillon—deliver history with a personal touch.
All of the following St. Louis attractions and historic sites are open to the public and are operated as museums. Ticket prices are quite reasonable, which makes visiting any of these points of interest good for a family on a budget. Typical visits to these historic homes will take about one or two hours.