Saint Louis Art Museum
Get a dose of fine art at a fine price—the Saint Louis Art Museum is free! From over 31,000 objects on display in the permanent collection (including masterpieces from contemporary, ancient, European, African art and more), to limited-time exhibitions like this summer’s Kara Walker Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War large-scale prints, you can enjoy some of the best Monet, Degas, Renoir, O’Keeffe and Matisse have to offer.
Following a mission to preserve the legacy of artistic achievement, this collection of African art is one of the most unique in the country.
Scott Joplin House
Tour the actual home of the King of Ragtime. Witness where Scott Joplin slept and composed the songs that would rocket him to national acclaim, as his music fills the air from an authentic player piano. Furnished as it would have been in 1902, the museum helps interpret Joplin’s life, exposing visitors to the history of this world-famous musician.
Composer and pianist Scott Joplin put ragtime music on the map. His “Maple Leaf Rag” became ragtime's first, most influential and well-known hit.
The Black Rep
The country’s largest professional African-American theatre company, The Black Rep produces award-winning stage productions that highlight the African-American perspective of family, society and self. Featuring the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights like August Wilson, Athol Fugard, George C. Wolfe and Tony Kushner and starring the nation’s most talented African-American actors, this innovative company entertains and educates audience members from all walks of life.
The Black Rep’s founder Ron Himes has produced and directed over 100 plays, winning the 2001 Arts & Education Council Lifetime Achievement Award.
Griot Museum of Black History
The Griot Museum of Black History & Culture—the second of its kind in the country—is dedicated to interpreting the stories and lives of influential African Americans. Visitors can “meet” waxed statues of famous African Americans like Carter G. Woodson, Josephine Baker, Dred and Harriet Scott and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., while experiencing a wealth of related art, artifacts and memorabilia.
Lois. D. Conley has dedicated years to researching African-American history, emphasizing the Underground Railroad and Westward Expansion. Conley has also consulted for international African American history exhibits.
Dred Scott Exhibit
The Dred Scott exhibition at the Old Courthouse explores the divisions caused by slavery and secession. Artifacts include uniforms, weapons, the painting “The Last Sale of Slaves” and a portrait of Dred Scott, whose famous trial foreshadowed the Civil War. View an updated version of the original Dred Scott Case Collection, which was expanded from 85 to 111 documents, and spans over 400 pages of text.
Dred Scott and his wife Harriet filed for freedom in the St. Louis Circuit Court, prompting the landmark 1857 Dred Scott v. Sandford Supreme Court decision.