The Saint Louis Art Museum, the city's premier cultural institution, heads a long list of art-related venues that serve a varied array of visual treats. Be sure to stop in at the museum on Art Hill in Forest Park, and consider visiting the rest of our recommended list, each possessed of its own special charms.
You'll find the entire history of art here, from ancient Egypt to contemporary America and almost everything in between. It's fabulous, and it's free.
Hike the trails, see some art and get a nice workout in at the same time. Laumeier recently built a large indoor exhibit space to complement its world-class collection of outdoor art. Once again, it's free.
Noncollecting museum seeks out the world's best cutting-edge art for exhibits that challenge, thrill, baffle and inspire. And wouldn't you know it...it's free.
Housed in a former chapel on the campus of Saint Louis University, the museum explores religious traditions far beyond the university's Jesuit roots. One of the city's hidden gems.
Downtown park attracts kids by the dozens to its water features, but art lovers will appreciate the outstanding sculpture by such artists as Tom Otterness, Jim Dine, Mark Di Suvero, Donald Baechler, Keith Haring, Fernand Léger, Martin Puryear, Tony Smith, Aristide Maillol, Bernar Venet and others.
The museum recently turned some lower-level spaces into exhibit galleries with fantastic results. Always an intriguing experience seeing how the art plays against Tadao Ando's minimalist building.
As this always-intriguing museum ably demonstrates, there exists a surprisingly dynamic relationship between chess and art (also chess and pop culture, chess and history, chess and society, chess and politics, etc). And it's free.
This monumental building was largely constructed by 1914, but it took another 74 years to install the amazing mosaics that cover the cathedral's interior spaces, the largest such collection under one roof in the world.
This handsome, spacious museum focuses entirely on art depicting man's best friend and includes outstanding works by Edwin Landseer, Maud Earl, George Earl, James Ward and many others.