Daily Public Tours of the Collection

Free docent-led tours of the collection are available daily. Tours depart from the Information Center in Sculpture Hall and last approximately one hour.

Tuesday–Friday, 10:30 am
Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 pm

Schedule a Tour

The Museum charges no general admission fee, and all tours are free. An admission fee is charged for featured exhibitions. Tours may be scheduled for any time during open hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm, and Friday, 10:00 am–9:00 pm. The Museum is closed on Mondays.

Schedule a self-guided or docent-led tour.

Gallery Talks

Join us in the galleries each week for lively and informative talks by curators, academic scholars, artists, and other experts.
Thursdays, 11:00 am
Fridays, 6:00 pm

Learn more about upcoming Gallery Talks.


Unless otherwise noted, all lectures take place at The Farrell Auditorium at the Saint Louis Art Museum. All events in The Farrell Auditorium, including free events, are ticketed. Tickets may be purchased or reserved in person at the Museum's Information Centers or through MetroTix at metrotix.com or 314.534.1111. All tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets purchased at the Museum.

 Learn more about upcoming Lectures.
The Life and Art of Charles White
Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, and author of Charles White (David C. Driskell Series of African American Art, Volume 1)
Friday, March 28, 6:30 pm

Born and raised on Chicago's South Side, artist Charles White (1918–1979) pursued artistic excellence, personal integrity, and racial equality through his art from a young age. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and became known for his Works Progress Administration-era prints, paintings, and murals depicting the culture, life, and history of African Americans. In this lecture, art historian and curator Andrea Barnwell Brownlee discusses the life and art of Charles White.
Van Gogh's Sunset at Montmajor (1888)
Axel Rüger, Director, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Thursday, April 3, 5:30 pm
The Films of Kara Walker, Part 1
Friday, April 4, 7:00 pm
8 Possible Beginnings or: The Creation of African-America, a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker, 2005
(15 minutes, 57 seconds)
Due to the explicit natureof the content, visitors must be 18 years or older.
Screening followed with remarks by a panel of speakers and dialogue with the audience.
The Films of Kara Walker, Part 2
Friday, May 2, 7:00 pm
Fall from Grace, Miss Pipi's Blue Tale, 2011
(17 minutes)
Due to the explicit nature of the content, visitors must be 18 years or older.
Screening followed with remarks by a panel of speakers and dialogue with the audience.
The Art of Cultivating Roots, Cotton, and Culture in Missouri
Robert Ketchens, Artist
Saturday, April 12, 10:00 am
Offsite Lecture: 14th Street Gallery,
2701 North 14th Street. Free.
On Bell Towers and Borders, Perspective, and the Picturesque: Aspects of Landscape in France, 1850–1900
Richard Thompson, Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Art, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Thursday, April 24, 6:00 pm
$15 ($10 Members and students)
Saving the Most Important Modernist House in Cincinnati
Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Founder and Chair, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and
Paul Muller, AIA, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Preservation Association
Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 pm

The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park Annual Lecture Presented with support from the Regional Arts Commission
The Cosmopolitan World of Northern Plains Indian Art: 1750–1850
Janet Berlo, Professor of Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies,
University of Rochester, New York
Thursday, May 15, 6:30 pm
Art of the Steal: Lessons Learned Film Screening and Discussion
Darwin F. Brown, art collector and Senior Wealth Planning Strategist at Wells Fargo Private Bank
Saturday, May 17, 10:00 am
Located in the Museum's Education Center
Demeter's Choice
Mary Dorra, author
Tuesday, May 20, 11:00 am
Seeing the Unspeakable: The Art of Kara Walker
Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair, History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania
Friday, June 6, 6:30 pm

Classes, Seminars, and Workshops

Expand your love of art in these classes taught by Museum curators, university professors, and accomplished artists. Beginners welcome; no homework required.

 Learn more about upcoming Classes, Seminars, and Workshops.

Teen Workshop

Comic Madness
Saturdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
(5 Sessions) 1:00–3:00 pm

Fee: $150 ($120 Museum Members)

Led by illustrator and author Jeff Weigel, this studio class is perfect for the young comics enthusiast. Students will learn the basic skills used in comics illustration and develop their very own comic book character.


Impressionist France
Fridays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
10:30 am–noon

Fee: $80 ($60 Members)