February 28, 2011

St. Louis Art Museum

I spent my Sunday exploring the St. Louis Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. Specifically I went there to see the exhibit about Mayan culture called Fiery Pool, but I discovered more. The museum has an extensive collection spanning different cultures and time periods, including artifacts from Mesoamerica, Egyptian mummies, medieval weapons, Asian art, and several Renaissance paintings, among others. 

The museum, located in Forest Park, was constructed in 1904 for the World Fair. 

Admission is free in the museum except for the special exhibits such as the Fiery Pool ($8 for adults). 

How to get there: take the Metrolink train and get off Forest Park station. Go through Balleviere Avenue and cross Lindell Boulevard, walk till you reach Lagoon Drive, then continue to Fine Arts Drive. 

Useful info: St. Louis Art Museum website

Pics, from above: facade of the museum; the Reclining Pan by Francesco di Sangallo, ca 1535; the statue of Apotheosis of St. Louis; a Mesoamerica fertility figure

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