The Missouri History Museum, Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, and the Library and 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.

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Missouri History Museum

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,” says Tami Goldman, Tourism and Group Sales Manager. “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.”

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Soldiers Memorial

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”, said Goldman. State-of-the-art museum galleries feature the exhibits, “St. Louis in Service” and “WWI: St. Louis and the Great War.”

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Library and Research Center

At the Library and 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,” she said.

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