While most St. Louis attractions have temporarily closed due to the social distancing measures taking place around the country (some parks and green spaces are still open), many are offering tours, podcasts and learning opportunities online. Follow us as we take you on a virtual tour.
The St. Louis Zoo
Soothe your spirit and keep up with the St. Louis Zoo by watching videos of baby animals, check out the YouTube webcam and watch as animals get fed and make field trips around the zoo. Be forewarned: it’s addictive, and you may be here for hours! Be sure to follow #BringTheStlZooToYou
National Blues Museum
Don’t get the blues, listen to ‘em. The National Blues Museum’s "Riding the Blues Highway" is an hour-long weekly production in conjunction with WSIE 88.7 FM The Sound. Start from the beginning here.
If you can’t watch baseball right now, you can listen to it; get an earful of interviews with current and past players, the coaching staff and club officials through the Cardinals Insider podcast. Fans can also watch highlights from the 2020 preseason.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is giving online tours on its Facebook page; followers can request certain blooms or parts of the garden to visit.
St. Louis Aquarium
And head over to the St. Louis Aquarium’s Facebook page for live streams from different habitats.
Expand your perspective with passionate discussions from artists and environmentalists and performances from musicians as you watch St. Louis’ TEDx talks. The TEDx Gateway Arch chapter has put together a thoughtfully curated collection of local thought-leaders with strong ties to the community.
Did you know that John Goodman, Sterling K. Brown and Jenna Fisher are St. Louis natives? Find out what they and a few more famous friends love best about the area at Explore St. Louis.
The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has an “Econ Ed” portion of its website devoted as a follow-up to those who’ve visited the Economy Museum. There are podcasts, lectures “No Frills Money Skills” and more.
St. Louis has its very own Frank Lloyd Wright house. Go online to learn about the history of the house and the couple who commissioned it; you can also download a floor plan.
Arts, Culture & History
The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is one of the oldest teaching museums in the United States. Explore its collections online and learn more about 19th, early 20th, mid-20th and 21st-century art.
The Missouri History Museum is a treasure trove of artifacts from throughout the state. Become an expert in your own right as you search its online resources; more than 176,000 pieces can be found in its collections, and you can get a daily boost of inspiration through the #UpliftingSTL series. There's also a digital tour of the "Panoramas of the City" exhibit—it's no longer on display at the museum and an online exlusive.
Looking for some fascinating reading material? Take the time to bone up on the history of the Field House Museum, a National Historic Landmark whose demolition was saved thanks to a group of St. Louis schoolchildren. The historic home was the boyhood dwelling of “children’s poet” Eugene Field; his father Roswell was instrumental in the Dred and Harriet Scott trials.
This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.