A first-class museum! Coming from Chicago, I expecting it to be far inferior to the Art Institute, but boy was I wrong... St. Louis Art Museum really holds its own. The collection is amazing, and the traveling exhibits are top-notch. And of course, the building and grounds are absolutely magnificent. Beautiful in the summer, and beautiful in the winter (when all the kids snowsled down the hill to the lagoon). Great gift shop in the basement, with decent food at the cafe.
This 19th century gem may be better known in Scotland than St. Louis! Beautifully restored, yet virtually unchanged since the Robert Campbell built, then filled the house with furniture and goods from Philadelphia. Most furnishings were bought at auction and returned by heirs of the Stix, Baer & Fuller department store. It's a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
I think most people in the area don't even know this place exists, I know we didn't. This is a great place to take the family; friendly staff, lots to do, ride on the mini train, cars, trains, planes, boats, activities. We had a great time and definitely recommend this museum to others!