Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in St. Louis.

Contemporary Art Museum

A striking structure of planes of glass and concrete, the Minimalist-inspired Contemporary Art Museum is a fitting vessel for the boundary-pushing art within. Exhibitions change frequently, seeking to present contrasting perspectives and styles;...  Read More

Located in Queeny Park and dedicated to man's best friend, this museum exhibits artifacts, photographs, paintings and sculptures dedicated to our canine pals. The museum includes a great gift shop where you can find specialty jewelry, unique...  Read More

Holocaust Museum and Learning Center

A memorial to all of the oppressed Jews during the Holocaust, this museum offers guests a chance to reflect on and discover the reality of history. Six main exhibit areas walk guests through pre-Holocaust Europe to the rise of Nazism and the...  Read More

Museum of Transportation

Since 1944, this museum has provided a grand display of American modes of transport, including planes, trains, streetcars, autos, and buses. Top of the line, vintage wheels like Bobby Darin's Dream Car and a luxury Pullman train car will leave...  Read More

This 116-acre sculpture park, which is among the first of its kind in the country, features contemporary sculptures that are both created from and interact with the environment. These works are displayed on landscaped grounds and wooded hiking...  Read More

Saint Louis University Museum of Art

An integral part of the university, this museum furthers the school's mission by collecting, interpreting, and displaying art and objects pertaining to Jesuit philosophy. Traveling exhibitions bring regionally and nationally acclaimed artists...  Read More

Saint Louis Art Museum
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Housed in the "Fine Arts Palace" of the famous 1904 World's Fair, this art museum regales visitors with an outstanding collection of Impressionist paintings, Asian works, Renaissance pieces, and American art. There are also rotating and special...  Read More

Museum of Westward Expansion

Located at the base of the Arch, this museum chronicles the activities and history of the area that the Arch symbolizes. Guests can learn about the history of Missouri and its place in America's past through photographic murals and dioramas....  Read More

Come face to face with a dinosaur. Experience an earthquake. Brave a virtual thrill ride. Do all these things at the St. Louis Science Center, where science comes alive. The center houses an Omnimax theater that features larger than life,...  Read More

Missouri's past comes to life at this museum, whose exhibits include Charles Lindbergh's flight suit and artifacts from the 1904 World's Fair. Other displays educate visitors on the African-American contribution to state culture and the city's...  Read More