TOURS & GROUP VISITS
Enjoy informative and conversational guided tours of the Museum facilitated by our specially trained volunteer Docents. Tours can be customized for all ages and interests.
Veterans Day Tours
This Veteran's Day Weekend, we will offer special daily tours honoring members of our military services and provide an opportunity to learn about our military history – and its beauty – throughout the ages. These free tours take place at the following dates and times:
Friday, November 11 @ 10:30 am
Saturday, November 12 @ 1:30 pm
Sunday, November 13 @ 1:30 pm
This is a chance for veterans, active service members and all members of the public to appreciate and show respect for our nation’s military. Highlights of the tours include works of art such as arms and armor, paintings depicting battles, and other works of art which have connections to the military.
Daily Drop In Tours of the Collection
Free docent-led tours of the Museum’s permanent collection are available daily.Learn more
Tours depart from the Information Center in Sculpture Hall and last approximately one hour. Reservations are not needed.
Tuesday–Friday, 10:30 am
Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 pm
Groups exceeding 10 participants are recommended to book a separate tour of the collection. Instructions for booking group visit are below.
Group visits may be led by a docent (if requested) or may be self-guided by a teacher or group leader.
Docent-led tours can be customized for all ages and interests and are adaptable for visitors with special needs. Please indicate your group’s unique needs and interests when scheduling your visit.
Group Visit Request Form
Group Entrance & Bus Parking
Groups should include a minimum of 10 and no more than 60 people. Schools must provide one adult chaperone per 10 students.
Admission and tours of the permanent collection are free. Some special exhibitions may require the purchase of tickets. Group tours are not available for ticketed Special Exhibitions on Free Fridays. Please provide at least 4 weeks’ advance notice for group visit requests.
Scheduled groups arriving by bus or passenger van are asked to enter the Museum through the south Group/Education Center Entrance located near The Farrell Auditorium. All other Museum visitors should enter through the Main Building Entrance. Unscheduled groups should enter through the Main Building Entrance sign in at the Information Center in Sculpture Hall.
Forest Park Bus Parking Information
Forest Park policy states that bus drivers planning to wait while their passengers are visiting the Museum must obtain a parking permit from the Parks Office at least two weeks prior to the scheduled visit at a cost of $5. Bus parking is only allowed in the lots designated below. Additional information about the required permit can be found here
or by calling the Parks Office at 314.289.5330. Any buses parking in an unauthorized lot and/or not using a permit may be issued a summons by the park ranger or park police.
K-12 Student Tours
a one-hour tour of the permanent collection or special exhibition for your students. Tours encourage close looking, critical thinking, and discussion and can be tailored to your curriculum and focus upon specific areas of our collection or a broader theme or topic of your choosing. Popular themes include nature, stories in art, and ancient cultures. The Museum’s educators are available for consultation to help customize your visit.
Youth Community and Homeschool Groups
Bring your community organization, camp, or homeschool group to the Museum for a 90-minute Youth SmART experience during the school year or summer that includes creative art projects, guided tours, and lively discussions. Each year Youth smART engages thousands of young visitors with opportunities to explore art and culture from around the world. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
to learn more about Youth SmART.