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Arts & Museums
Myseum is an entire complex dedicated to the education and recreation of children. It comprises of a playing space, science center and science museum. Through interactive exhibits, kids are taught about physical forces such as magnetism, friction and gravity and the various natural laws that govern our universe. Children enjoy unique experiences while interacting with exhibits like Opposing Magnets, Falling Washers, Shadow Wall and Light Writer and Digital Microscope. They also rediscover scientific principles while constructing flying objects and bridges, and have fun climbing ropes and walls. This science museum is also a popular venue for field trips and hosting kids' birthday parties.
The Foundry Art Centre aims to preserve cultural history and support present artistic endeavors throughout the St. Louis region. A 5,000 square foot exhibition space for the visual arts, a concert stage in the Grand Hall, and glass-fronted artist studios are all located in the Centre, a renovated train car factory from the 1940s. Education and community involvement is a primary consideration in the Centre's planning, inviting locals and tourists to experience contemporary art in a historic setting. Adult and children's classes are offered.
Quite a find, Native Traditions Gallery offers a comprehensive display of Native American art and history from the Missouri/Mississippi River perspective. The gallery carries exquisite, original paintings, pottery, jewelry, and sculptures by Native American artists and craftsmen. Marvel at the colorful, miniature handcrafted kachinas, traditionally recognized as spirit beings by the Pueblo tribe. The immaculate hand made Taos drums, also known as Powwow drums, are made from northern New Mexico wood and animal skins, designed to make that wonderful, soulful sound. The works on display and for sale were acquired by benevolent means and the artists benefit from the sale of their wares. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and can bestow a wealth of knowledge about the pieces in the gallery as well as the history of the Native people from the area now known as St. Charles. Visit Native Traditions Gallery for a lesson in history and then, enjoy the rest of Historic Main Street in St. Charles. -Cathryn D. Blue
Before the current state capitol was built in Jefferson City, legislators debated slavery and states rights in this historic area of St. Charles. After Missouri became a state in 1826, the people of St. Charles provided this site as a temporary capitol. Tour the capitol offices on the second floor of the historic building that originally housed the Peck Brothers General Store. The offices of the governor were kept in an adjoining building. Daily tours of this restored historic site include an audiovisual presentation and a trip through a museum.
The George Denninger Gallery, located in beautiful, historic St. Charles is a definite must see whether you're visiting the neighborhood for the first time or checking out the new exhibits. The welcoming storefront windows offer passers by a glimpse of the remarkable artwork displayed inside. The unique, hand sculpted piano with its immaculate avant-garde woodwork is only one of the amazing displays on the floor. Each portrait is framed distinctly to reflect the mood of the scene within the painting. The graphic, digital, and contemporary architectural designs give insight into Denninger's artistic vision. Whether browsing to buy or searching for inspiration, this gallery is no disappointment. -Cathryn D. Blue
The first step towards the initiation of the Museum of Transportation was the display of a vintage 1870 mule-drawn streetcar Bellefontaine which was initiated by a group of individuals passionate about preserving the history of American vehicles. Today, after subsequent addition of such heritage artifacts, the museum boasts of having a collection that ranges from antique cars, boats and airplanes to a major collection of locomotives and railroad equipment. The standard gauge rail tracks are connected to an active Union Pacific Railroad main line, thus, facilitating the museum to receive a sizable collection of rare vintage locomotives from across the country. The Earl C. Lindburg Automotive Center inside the museum comprises of a small collection of automobiles, the oldest being the 1908 Galloway Express truck. Call for group reservations and more information.
A 30-plus-year veteran of the art world, this store's owner has pulled together the largest gallery exhibit in the Midwestern United States, featuring works from such renowned artists as Picasso, Miro and Jasper Johns. The Kodner Gallery is now larger than ever, having recently moved into a new 6,000 sq foot location. Local artists are well represented as well, with featured works from Jason Dowd, Joseph Orr and Billyo. Art lovers will find 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th-century landscapes; works by the great French and American Impressionists and more. Appraisals, restoration, conservation, art location services, framing and lighting services are all offered and verbal appraisals are free.
Jody Newman and Barbie Freund founded this non-profit organization in 1975 with the goal of creating an interactive museum that attracts, educates, and entertains both children and adults. First Impressions is one of the world's largest movable sculptures, standing over eight feet tall. Lean against it for fun and make an impression of yourself. Learn about magnets, electricity or about the environment through hands-on activities such as the Oil Spill Cleanup project, or be a star on the KIDS-TV station.
The Laumeier Sculpture Park provides an excellent artistic avenue for young, budding artists and established ones to exhibit their works. It is a favorite venue for exhibitions of drawing, painting, ceramics, glass and photographic displays. Exhibitions are held around the year, both indoors and outdoors in the surrounding park. The park has an outdoor collection of around 75 sculptures in the midst of natural greenery and woodlands. Classes, workshops and guided tours are conducted to help create a greater understanding and self expression for art. The park offers rental facilities for weddings, picnics, reunions and picnics. The museum shop also offers a good collection of art, children's educational books and their own branded items. The library is a treasure house of art and sculpture books and is open to the public. The doors open at 8a daily.
For the past 25 years, Shirley Schwartz has dedicated her life to the love of art and sharing beauty with others. Barucci Gallery is nationally known as one of the premier contemporary art galleries. The gallery offers artistic consulting as well as framing for private collections and is the official framer for the St. Louis Art Fair. The gallery includes pieces by select award-winning contemporary artists and incorporates original paintings, glasswork, ceramics, and jewelry. The selection is quite eclectic, with pieces from all over the United States. Even if purchasing art isn’t in the stars, the gallery is a great place to spend the afternoon browsing. - Cathryn D. Blue
Specializing in all-original artworks including ceramics, photography, glass and paintings by local and regional award-winning artists, Gateway Gallery is a favorite among art-lovers and artists alike. Located in Clayton, this gallery not only sells fine art but is also a popular place for artists to showcase their work. The gallery regularly hosts artists' receptions, and the featured artists are in constant rotation. Pieces are also regularly displayed at art fairs, including the famous St. Louis Art Fair. Whether browsing or buying, Gateway Gallery is a great place to find unique art by the Midwest's own. - Cathryn D. Blue
The bustling city of Clayton is full of unique finds. Tomsich Fine Art gallery is no exception. Tomsich curators carefully select artworks by 19- and 20-century American regionalist painters. The rare, unique and historic pieces can be enjoyed in the public gallery or purchased for amusement of a more clandestine nature. Bring in a treasured painting from a private collection and let the staff frame it with one of their beautiful, fine frames. If an old painting has been damaged, restoration is also offered. - Cathryn D. Blue