This beautiful Beaux Arts-style building stands atop Art Hill in Forest Park and was originally designed by architect Cass Gilbert as the Palace of Fine Arts for the 1904 World’s Fair. The museum remains true to the inscription above its main entry: “Dedicated to art and free to all.” The collection is a Cliff Notes of art history: Almost every major art movement is represented within its 30,000 works and three floors of galleries. The museum is best known, though, for its large collections of works by German painter Max Beckmann and American painter George Caleb Bingham. If you have kids, come on a Sunday afternoon, when Family Sunday activities include hands-on art projects and a lively half-hour family museum tour. Construction is currently under way on a 200,000-square-foot expansion—expected to open in 2013—but the museum will remain open throughout the project. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
- Open Hours: Sunday from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM, Tuesday to Thursday from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM, Friday from 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
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