Theater and opera houses
Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis
The Powell Symphony Hall is home to the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. The concert hall was built in 1925 and initially served as a venue for vaudeville shows and movies. After renovation work was completed, the Powell Symphony Hall was handed over to the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1968. The concert hall offers a total of 2,689 visitors. The building is said to be haunted by a ghost named George, a former vaudeville actor.
|Contact||718 North Grand Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
Midland Theater in Kansas City
The Midland Theater in the city of Kansas City was built from 1926 to 1927 and was initially known as Loew’s Midland. The Midland Theater style is composed of French and Italian Renaissance style elements. The interior of the Midland Theater impresses with its sumptuous decor. Nowadays the Midland Theater, which was renovated in 2008, describes itself as a “live entertainment nightclub”.
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|Contact||1228 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
Fox Theater in St. Louis
The Fox Theater in the city of St. Louis opened in 1929 and is also known as “The Fabulous Fox”. At first it served as a cinema but also for other stage events. When it opened in 1929, it was the second largest cinema in the United States with over 5,000 seats. Today, the Fox Theater offers a total of 4512 seats and musical performances as well as theater productions are offered.
|Contact||527 N. Grand Blvd
St. Louis, Missouri, 63103
Lyric Theater in Kansas City
The Lyric Theater in Kansas City was built in 1926 and held up to 3,000 visitors. The style of the Lyric Theater is said to imitate the Temple of Vesta in ancient Rome. During the Second World War, the Lyric Theater was a blood donation center of the American Red Cross. Subsequently, the Lyric Theater was the seat of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Kansas City Symphony and the Kansas City Ballet. However, in 2011 they moved to the more modern Kauffman Performing Arts Center.
|Contact||214 West 11th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in the city of Kansas City is a center for the performing arts and was completed in the fall of 2011. It is the home of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Kansas City Symphony and the Kansas City Ballet. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts covers a total area of 53,000 m² and offers two stages, each with 1,600 or 1,000 seats.
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Missouri Theater and Missouri Theater Building in St. Joseph
The Missouri Theater and Missouri Theater Building opened in 1927 in the city of St. Joseph as a cinema. The Missouri Theater and Missouri Theater Building is built in the Art Deco style and has Moorish decorations on its outer facade, which originate from Assyrian and Persian architecture. Since 1970, the purpose has been the performance of plays.
|Contact||126 South 8th Street
St. Joseph, Missouri 64501
Missouri Theater Center for the Arts in Columbia
The Missouri Theater Center for the Arts opened in the city of Columbia in 1928. At first it was used for Vaudeville shows and later as a cinema. The Missouri Theater Center for the Arts is based on the Palais Garnier in Paris. It is therefore not surprising that the interior is opulently decorated in Baroque and Rococo styles. The Missouri Theater Center for the Arts is the home of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra.
|Contact||203 S. Ninth St.
Columbia, Missouri 65201
Peabody Opera House in St. Louis
The Peabody Opera House in the city of St. Louis was opened in 1934. In the past, greats like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Johnny Carson have performed here. After a renovation in 2009, the building, which was built in a mixture of Beaux Arts and Art Deco, shines in new splendor.
|Contact||1400 Market Street
St. Louis, Missouri, 63103
Museums and exhibitions
City Museum in Saint Louis
The City Museum, opened in 1997 in the city of Saint Louis, is located in the former International Shoe building. The museum’s collection mostly consists of architectural and industrial exhibits. The museum describes itself as “a mixture of children’s playground, creepy cabinet, surrealistic pavilion and architectural wonder”. If you want to find out whether this is true, you should visit the museum and test it, because the exhibits can be touched and even climbed. Up to 700,000 guests visit the museum every year.
|Contact||701 North 15th Street
Saint Louis, Missouri 63103
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in the city of Kansas City from 1930 to 1933 built in the Beaux-Arts style. In 1993 the museum was expanded to include the newer Bloch building, which is already worth seeing because of its architecture. The large lawn in front of the museum is also very relaxing and impresses with art installations such as giant shuttlecocks. The museum’s collection includes paintings by American and European artists such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Karl Hofer, Emil Nolde, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Thomas Hart Benton and George Bellows. The museum is also known for its large collection of Asian art and its photography collection.
|Contact||4525 Oak Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Truman Presidential Museum & Library in Kansas City
The Truman Presidential Museum & Library in the city of Kansas City was opened in 1957 and serves to preserve books and other historical documents and materials from the 33rd President, Harry S. Truman. There is an office in the museum that Truman used 5-6 times a week. The Truman Presidential Museum & Library was also the place where Kofi Annan made his last speech as Secretary General of the United Nations.
|Contact||500 W US Highway 24
Independence, Missouri 64050
Old Courthouse & Museum in St. Louis
The old courthouse in the city of St. Louis was built from 1816 to 1864 and served as a courthouse until 1930. The building was constructed in the so-called federal style. The building is now used as a museum and is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. With its exhibitions, the museum depicts the history of Missouri and especially the history of the city of St. Louis. Beginning with the French era to the present day.
|Contact||11 North 4th Street
Saint Louis, Missouri 63102
Missouri History Museum in St. Louis
The Missouri History Museum in the city of St. Louis is housed in the Jefferson Memorial Building, which was built in 1913, and the museum society was founded in 1866. In 2000 the museum was expanded to include the Emmerson Center. The museum’s exhibition takes into account exhibits of national, state and urban relevance. Much of the exhibition is dedicated to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. And best of all: entry is free.
|Contact||5700 Lindell Boulevard
Saint Louis, Missouri 63112
St Louis Art Museum
The St Louis Art Museum was founded in 1879 and is now known simply as SLAM. Since 1904, the museum has been located in the Forest Park, the former site of the world exhibition. The museum’s huge art collection includes more than 30,000 exhibits. The exhibits come from almost all parts and times of the world. Nevertheless, the focus of the collection is on 20th century German painting. And best of all: entry is free. This means, among other things, that the museum is visited by more than 500,000 guests annually.
|Contact||1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park
Saint Louis, Missouri 63110
Museum of Westward Expansion in St. Louis
The Museum of Westward Expansion in the city of St. Louis is located under the Gateway Arch. The museum is dedicated to the history of the western expansion of the settlers and the USA. The collection consists of various exhibits that begin with the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
|Contact||119 N Leonor K Sullivan Blvd
St Louis, Missouri 63102
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in the city of Kansas City was opened in 1994 and is already worth seeing because of its architecture. The museum’s collection is dedicated to modern art and includes works by artists such as Dale Chihuly, Arthur Dove, Andrew Wyeth, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Mapplethorpe and Jim Hodges. The museum’s café is also highly recommended.
|Contact||4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Contemporary Art Museum St Louis
The Contemporary Art Museum in the city of St. Louis is one of the leading museums of modern art and was opened in 1980. The museum does not make any efforts to create its own collection, but specializes in the promotion of artists. Thus, changing exhibitions take place here. You can find out which exhibition is currently closed or will be on display on the museum’s homepage.
|Contact||3750 Washington Blvd
St. Louis, Missouri 63108
Missouri State Museum in Jefferson City The
Missouri State Museum in Jefferson City is located on the ground floor of the Missouri State Capitol and shows the history of the state. The museum shows both the cultural, political and natural history of the state. The museum’s collection and exhibits are correspondingly wide-ranging.
|Contact||201 W. Capitol
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
Monuments, landmarks and memorials
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis
The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is the symbol of Saint Louis. This memorial complex commemorates the Louisiana Purchase and the settlement of the American West. The most prominent monument in the complex is certainly the Gateway Arch.
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield near Republic
The Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield near the city of Republic in southwest Missouri commemorates the battle on August 10, 1861, which was the first major battle of the American Civil War west of the Mississippi. The memorial can be hiked independently or can be circumnavigated by car on a circuit designed for this purpose.
|Contact||6424 W. Farm Road 182
Republic, Missouri 65738
George Washington Carver National Monument
The George Washington Carver National Monument near the city of Diamond in southwestern Missouri is a memorial to the memory of George Washington Carver, who earned a reputation as a botanist. The memorial was erected in 1943 and was the first for an African-American. The memorial complex encompasses George Washington Carver’s youth home and family cemetery. The memorial covers a total area of approximately 850,000 m².
|Contact||5646 Carver Road
Diamond, Missouri 64840
Liberty Memorial in Kansas City
The Liberty Memorial in the city of Kansas City was built from 1924 to 1926 and serves to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the First World War. The Memorial Tower is visible from afar. The National World War I Museum is also located in the memorial.
|Contact||100 W. 26th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108