Despite its name, the Missouri History Museum only seems to tell the history of St. Louis, and not the whole state. Located in Forest Park, it is reachable by MetroLink, getting off at the Forest Park-DeBallviere stop. About a few blocks away.
Entering the museum, there is a huge statue of Thomas Jefferson, and the replica of the "Spirit of St. Louis" hanging from the ceiling in the lobby area.
Speaking of the "Spirit of St. Louis", that was the name of the plane that Charles Lindbergh flew in, across the Atlantic from New York to Paris. He was the first man to do so. There is an interesting exhibition that focuses on the man himself, and the flight itself. Lindbergh was living in St. Louis at the time of the flight, which is how it relates to the city itself, as well as how the plane got its name.
There is another exhibition on the 1904 World Fair that took place in St. Louis. And the 1904 Olympics was a part of it, which was the first in the US. Being a fan of the Olympics, I was disappointed that there was very little on it. I guess this goes to show how very small the Olympics were back then.
Going upstairs, there is the city history of St. Louis, divided into 2 sections. One side is from 1700-1900, and the other side being 1900 to the present. Basically, displays and stories of people who lived in St. Louis throughout history. One of the parts included displays of sports artifacts, like from the previous stadium of the Cardinals, as well as displays on the St. Louis Browns and other sports. The Browns were another baseball team in St. Louis until 1950, when they moved and became the Baltimore Orioles.
While not really extensive, I thought this museum gave a nice history on St. Louis, and even got into different aspects in relation to the city, that would also interest out-of-town tourists as well. And with admission being free, I would say that this museum is definitely worth checking out.
And if you are in town on a Tuesday night, and need something to do, then even better that the museum is open until 8 PM on Tuesdays, giving more sightseeing time.
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