The Missouri History Museum, Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, and the Library & Research Center create personal connections to St. Louis history through innovative group tour offerings. Formats include gallery tours, curator talks and step-on bus tours. Visiting groups can customize their experience with an assortment of options, including free self-guided gallery time, step-on tours, museum theater performances, private curator talks, dining and souvenir orders.
The Missouri History Museum features the history of St. Louis from its founding in 1764 up to the present day, along with a changing lineup of special exhibits throughout the year. Highlights of the museum’s collections and content include artifacts from Charles Lindbergh, Lewis and Clark, and the 1904 World’s Fair.
“I love getting calls and emails from tour operators to help them customize something,” said Tami Goldman, tourism and group sales manager at Missouri History Museum. “There are so many options for groups with a variety of interests. I can make almost any subject matter connect to our exhibits and collections.”
Soldiers Memorial was built to remember St. Louisans who lost their lives in WWI, and grew to include the Court of Honor after WWII. The beautiful art deco building and grounds, newly reopened after a $30 million renovation, allow groups to learn how St. Louisans have shaped military history and had an impact on the world, from the American Revolution through recent conflicts.
“These are universal stories that will connect with people from all over the country,” Goldman said.
State-of-the-art museum galleries feature the exhibits “St. Louis in Service” and “WWI: St. Louis and the Great War.”
At the Library & Research Center, Goldman can arrange for a curator to pull artifacts from the collection. The Show and Tell Tour offers an introductory architectural talk about the building’s history, formerly a synagogue, and showcases highlights from the library and archival collections. Possible topics include the 1904 World’s Fair, maps, amusing documents or specific industries, such as brewing, fashion or the fur trade. Groups may also request a topic of interest, if the collections support it. One month’s advance notice is required for this experience.
“We can pull out one of the elkskin journals from the Lewis and Clark Expedition, or Lindbergh’s flight book,” Goldman said.
Visit mohistory.org/group-tours or call 314-746-4599 to book your group today!