Jun 29

Saint Louis Art Museum: A World-Class Collection

PanThe Saint Louis Art Museum also known as The SLAM is the biggest art museum that Karen and I have ever been to with a collection of over 30,000 pieces of art and a newly expanded gallery that adds more than 200,000 more square feet of gallery space.  The Saint Louis Art museum is only getting better as it ages which is why with its large collection of art work coupled with the gigantic size and scope of the building truly makes the Saint Louis Art Museum one of the best art museums in the country.  However, what really makes the Saint Louis Art Museum truly grand is that it is all free.Mayan CarvingLocated in Forest Park, our favorite part of Saint Louis, the Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the centerpieces that makes this area of the city a must see.   If you are traveling to Saint Louis we recommend at least a day in Forest Park to see all of the free attractions there from their world class zoo to the science museum and everything in between.  With so many things to see in Forest Park it is hard to determine what to do first but whatever you end up deciding to see just make sure you make the SLAM a part of your itinerary.  Make sure you get there early becasuse Forest Park is so popular parking can be an issue.Modern ArtThe Saint Louis Art Museum has art from all of the world as well as from ancient times to the modern period.  Their collection is divided up into 17 different subcategories some of the highlights for us was thier European art collection from famous artists like Monet and Picasso as well as older pieces like the marble figure of the god Pan which was made in Michelangelo’s workshop.  Their cultural works of art from around the world were also very impressive these extensive collections represented cultures from Africa, Native America, Pacific Islands as well as many other places.Classical Europe ArtWhile the museum in its entirety was very good, two areas that really stood out for me was their American Art collection and their arms and armor area.  I always get a kick out of seeing the actual piece of art that I had only seen in books.  As a history teacher the Saint Louis Art Museum had several paintings that had been in several different textbooks that I have used over the years.  It is always a nice feeling when history comes alive I guess that is why I liked their armor section which gave me a chance to see various knight’s armor up close which helps my imagination take me back to the past.Armor GloveMy wife, Karen, was really impressed with their Decorative Arts and Design collection she always enjoys looking at the period rooms and objects of the past.  It is amazing to see how intricate their ceramics, glass, and metalwork was back then.  It brings a whole new appreciation for things that were not  only built to last but were artistic as well.Asian ArtThe Saint Louis Art Museum has a little bit of something for everybody’s taste.  Karen and I whenever we are visiting the Saint Louis area we always make sure we take the time to visit the SLAM.  There always seems that there is something new to see plus not one visit will be enough to truely appreciate all there is there.  Our only recommendation other their make sure you go is to make sure you give yourself enough time to enjoy as much of it as you can.

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Saint Louis Art Museum
Located at 1 Fine Arts Dr, Forest Park, Saint Louis, MO
Hours of Operation: Closed Mondays, Friday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost as of this Posting: Free special exhibits may cost extra
For more information visit their website at http://www.slam.org/

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