Supporting Great Institutions For All to Enjoy for Over 40 Years
Saint Louis Art Museum
The Saint Louis Art Museum recently completed construction on a handsome new facility to complement its Cass Gilbert building that dates back to the 1904 World’s Fair.
The new building greatly expands the gallery and education space and underscores the Art Museum’s stature as one of the best comprehensive art museums in the United States.
The collection numbers more than thirty thousand works of art that include Monets, Rembrandts, 20th century German masterpieces, Chinese bronzes and Oceanic and pre-Columbian art.
The Saint Louis Art Museum also maintains an extensive library and has developed a vigorous education program that reaches across the community.
Missouri Botanical Garden
The Missouri Botanical Garden is generally regarded as one of the three best botanical gardens in the world. Since joining the District, a wide array of new gardens have been developed, including the Iris and Daylily gardens, the Nanjing China garden and the popular Children’s garden.
Through significant donor support, major science education and research facilities have been built and renovations have been made to the Climatron and Tower Grove House. Special exhibits and programs such as the Chihuly, Chapungu, the Lantern Festival, the Whitaker Music Festival, and the Best of Missouri Market have made the Botanical Garden a vital part of St. Louis life. Dramatic increases in the number of visitors, volunteers and education programs since the Botanical Garden joined the District demonstrate its vitality as a community treasure.
The Botanical Garden’s attractions also include three additional area campuses: the Sophia Sachs Butterfly House, the Shaw Nature Reserve and the EarthWays Center.
Missouri History Museum
Our community has built and nurtured the most visited and probably the best regional history museum in the country.
The Missouri History Museum offers extensive educational programs and special exhibitions that range from Lewis & Clark to civil rights to the history of baseball.
The History Museum has become a national leader in exploring and honoring the demographic diversity of our area. Collections at the History Museum now exceed 75,000 artifacts and 700,000 photographic images, up about one-third since it entered the District.
It also maintains a readily accessible and widely used library for research that could range from personal genealogy to scholarly investigations.
The History Museum’s greatly enhanced exhibit and meeting space is a testimony to its expanded scope and vision as well as the embodiment of our citizens’ philanthropy.
Saint Louis Science Center
The Saint Louis Science Center attracts nearly one million visitors
annually and is ranked among
the top five science and technology museums in America.
last twenty-five years,
the transformation of the Science Center has been remarkable. In
1985 the small museum
(previously known as the Museum of Science and Natural History)
moved to the Planetarium
and six years later it built a $34 million facility across the highway from Forest Park. On November 1, 2011 Boeing Hall, a 13,000 exhibition facility, was dedicated. The Science Center maintains more than seven hundred fifty hands-on exhibits.
Its growth is emphasized by attracting twelve times as many visitors as when it entered the District. The latest sign of distinction for the Science Center was its hosting of Sci Fest, the American version of a renowned international science festival.
Saint Louis Zoo
By helping to preserve species and bringing information and insight about the challenges of the natural world to its visitors, the Saint Louis Zoo has become a leader in wildlife education and conservation.
The Zoo attracts about three million visitors each year. Zagut Surveys has recognized the Saint Louis Zoo as America’s Number One Zoo. A regular visitor to the Zoo has seen numerous transformations in the last forty years.
New or renovated facilities like Big Cat Country, Jungle of the Apes, Rivers Edge, the Living World, the Children’s Zoo, Penguin and Puffin Coast, and most recently, Sea Lion Sound have appeared since the Zoo Museum District was formed.
Private donors have made many of these outstanding enhancements possible.