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Fairview Heights, IL 62208
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Arts & Museums
You can feel the spirit of the Mississippian Indians live on at this popular attraction. Interesting artifacts are displayed in the world class museum/interpretive center.The impressive state historic site spans over 2200 ACRES, including 70 mounds and gives visitors a fascinating feel for this ancient civilization that dates back to 800-1400 AD.
This Victorian adaptation of a Greek revival home was built by Moritz Dobschutz, a German immigrant who became very prosperous in Belleville.
Celebrity watchers will have the opportunity to see more than 200 famous people and historical figures depicted in wax at this downtown museum. See the likes of Henry VIII and his wives, Elvis, Michael Jackson and other notables, including the Pope. The museum is located in the Laclede's Landing entertainment district, an easy walk to restaurants, clubs and souvenir shops. Receive two free children's tickets with each adult ticket.
The National Register of Historic Places calls this church a landmark, locals call it a bakery, and Catholic members call it home. Founded in 1843, this church has since been redesigned into the splendorous form it still holds today. Thanks to the perfectly landscaped courtyard, the view outside is as marvelous as the cathedral itself. Proceeds from special events are given to the Friends of Historic St. Mary of Victories in order to assist with the community's needs.
Art St. Louis has worked for over 20 years to benefit community artists by providing exhibition space, an education and exhibition program in area schools, and proactive artist support services. The cooperative gallery welcomes both established and emerging artists, and shows are open to the public for free. Exhibitions include work by artists living within 200 miles of St. Louis, and one show a year expands this radius to include 9 surrounding states.
The first historic museum in St. Louis and the boyhood home of Eugene Field, The Eugene Field House & St. Louis Toy Museum packs a historical punch. Eugene’s father Roswell M. Field was the attorney who defended Dred Scott in that groundbreaking fight for Scott’s freedom. The relics found in the Field home are reminiscent of a time when joys and pains marked the plight of the Midwest. The toy museum consists of dolls and toys from the Field collection as well as toys that date back as far as 1790. All the proceeds go towards the upkeep and conservation of this historic landmark.
Whether in town on business or pleasure, bowling fans will not want to miss the unique items showcased here. Since opening in 1984, the museum has collected bowling artifacts and other interesting memorabilia. Visitors can see how bowling originated with the ancient Egyptians and how the sport is played today. The three-story museum houses approximately 50,000 square feet of exhibits. Marvel at the bowling pin car that really did run, buy a souvenir and see baseball great Mark McGwire's Corvette.
A massive and architecturally important building in the center of downtown, the Old Post Office opened in 1884 after more than a dozen years of effort and expenditure that went into millions of dollars. Built of Missouri red granite and Maine gray granite, the building was designed in the French Second Empire style and greatly resembles its contemporary in Washington, D.C., the Old Executive Office Building. By 1961, the building was virtually empty, with its federal courtrooms and offices having moved to newer buildings. Targeted for demolition, the Old Post Office survived only after a 15-year, nationwide effort by preservationists.
The St. Louis garment district has been recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Among the businesses that have thrived here throughout the past 180 years are many new studios, galleries and cafes. Some buildings have been rehabbed as loft apartments. The loft district, as it is known, is home to many artists who have made their livings from the very buildings that once housed garment plants. These historic buildings now serve well both as studio lofts and as homes to families. The loft district is worth a visit from travelers.
MacroSun works directly with national artists and craftspeople from many countries, including Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand and India. This cultural center carries unusual pieces of art as well as other items such as jewelry, books and fashions. Prices range depending on the item's historical value and cultural significance. Whether you are a first time visitor or a local, you will likely discover something wonderful for your home or office decor.
This museum preserves a wide range of military artifacts in the memory of fallen soldiers who served in the United States military. Featuring artifacts of all branches of the military, Soldiers' Memorial Military Museum serves as a constant reminder of what these men and women sacrificed for their country. This memorial museum has space to accommodate school tours and veteran and groups, and is open to the general public as well. It also offers programs to assist and raise money for homeless veterans.
Located in a former shoe manufacturing building, this museum will satisfy both the young and the young-at-heart. With three floors of interesting, educational and fun-filled rooms, it is one of the best downtown attractions. The museum is run by a group of artists and professionals who together produce an awesome array of exhibits. Feel the authenticity of the multilevel enchanted caves, the architectural museum and the giant aquarium.