1400 S. Fifth Street
Saint Charles, MO 63301
Phone: (636) 949-0694
Fax: (636) 949-0697
Arts & Museums
Follow the adventures of Lewis and Clark at this hands-on museum where you'll see displays on Indian tribes, walk through a forest, and see the equipment the men used on their expedition.
Quite a find, Native Traditions Gallery offers a comprehensive display of Native American art and history from the Missouri/Mississippi River perspective. The gallery carries exquisite, original paintings, pottery, jewelry, and sculptures by Native American artists and craftsmen. Marvel at the colorful, miniature handcrafted kachinas, traditionally recognized as spirit beings by the Pueblo tribe. The immaculate hand made Taos drums, also known as Powwow drums, are made from northern New Mexico wood and animal skins, designed to make that wonderful, soulful sound. The works on display and for sale were acquired by benevolent means and the artists benefit from the sale of their wares. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and can bestow a wealth of knowledge about the pieces in the gallery as well as the history of the Native people from the area now known as St. Charles. Visit Native Traditions Gallery for a lesson in history and then, enjoy the rest of Historic Main Street in St. Charles. -Cathryn D. Blue
Before the current state capitol was built in Jefferson City, legislators debated slavery and states rights in this historic area of St. Charles. After Missouri became a state in 1826, the people of St. Charles provided this site as a temporary capitol. Tour the capitol offices on the second floor of the historic building that originally housed the Peck Brothers General Store. The offices of the governor were kept in an adjoining building. Daily tours of this restored historic site include an audiovisual presentation and a trip through a museum.
The George Denninger Gallery, located in beautiful, historic St. Charles is a definite must see whether you're visiting the neighborhood for the first time or checking out the new exhibits. The welcoming storefront windows offer passers by a glimpse of the remarkable artwork displayed inside. The unique, hand sculpted piano with its immaculate avant-garde woodwork is only one of the amazing displays on the floor. Each portrait is framed distinctly to reflect the mood of the scene within the painting. The graphic, digital, and contemporary architectural designs give insight into Denninger's artistic vision. Whether browsing to buy or searching for inspiration, this gallery is no disappointment. -Cathryn D. Blue
Dedicated to preserving the world's greatest combat aircraft, this venue features numerous restored planes including a B-25, B-25J, and a B-25-B. Hangar rentals are available.
The Foundry Art Centre aims to preserve cultural history and support present artistic endeavors throughout the St. Louis region. A 5,000 square foot exhibition space for the visual arts, a concert stage in the Grand Hall, and glass-fronted artist studios are all located in the Centre, a renovated train car factory from the 1940s. Education and community involvement is a primary consideration in the Centre's planning, inviting locals and tourists to experience contemporary art in a historic setting. Adult and children's classes are offered.
When you hear the word 'legend', Ford trucks generally do not come to mind. This is not true in St. Louis, the home of the Bigfoot 4x4. In the St. Louis showroom, visitors can see the legendary Bigfoot 1, the very first of the 4x4 monster truck phenomenon. The showroom also houses some truly great Bigfoot souvenirs, apparel and collectibles. Visiting Bigfoot 4x4 Inc. is an adventure in itself and includes a tour of the factory that makes the infamous monster trucks. It features more than 20 years of monster truck history and displays the world's largest collection of monster truck memorabilia.
Aviation fans of all ages will enjoy a tour of this history-of-flight museum located at Boeing's headquarters in St. Louis. Eight decades of history are represented here, with everything from cloth models and bi-planes to spaceships on display. There are also scale models of the F-15 Eagle, Apache helicopters, military transports and the president's Air Force One. Additionally, there are life-size replicas of the Gemini and Mercury spacecraft that launched the U.S. space exploration program. Other historical exhibits represent the first around-the-world flight in 1924 and the first flight to the South Pole in 1956.
Myseum is an entire complex dedicated to the education and recreation of children. It comprises of a playing space, science center and science museum. Through interactive exhibits, kids are taught about physical forces such as magnetism, friction and gravity and the various natural laws that govern our universe. Children enjoy unique experiences while interacting with exhibits like Opposing Magnets, Falling Washers, Shadow Wall and Light Writer and Digital Microscope. They also rediscover scientific principles while constructing flying objects and bridges, and have fun climbing ropes and walls. This science museum is also a popular venue for field trips and hosting kids' birthday parties.
A 30-plus-year veteran of the art world, this store's owner has pulled together the largest gallery exhibit in the Midwestern United States, featuring works from such renowned artists as Picasso, Miro and Jasper Johns. The Kodner Gallery is now larger than ever, having recently moved into a new 6,000 sq foot location. Local artists are well represented as well, with featured works from Jason Dowd, Joseph Orr and Billyo. Art lovers will find 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th-century landscapes; works by the great French and American Impressionists and more. Appraisals, restoration, conservation, art location services, framing and lighting services are all offered and verbal appraisals are free.
For the past 25 years, Shirley Schwartz has dedicated her life to the love of art and sharing beauty with others. Barucci Gallery is nationally known as one of the premier contemporary art galleries. The gallery offers artistic consulting as well as framing for private collections and is the official framer for the St. Louis Art Fair. The gallery includes pieces by select award-winning contemporary artists and incorporates original paintings, glasswork, ceramics, and jewelry. The selection is quite eclectic, with pieces from all over the United States. Even if purchasing art isn’t in the stars, the gallery is a great place to spend the afternoon browsing. - Cathryn D. Blue
Specializing in all-original artworks including ceramics, photography, glass and paintings by local and regional award-winning artists, Gateway Gallery is a favorite among art-lovers and artists alike. Located in Clayton, this gallery not only sells fine art but is also a popular place for artists to showcase their work. The gallery regularly hosts artists' receptions, and the featured artists are in constant rotation. Pieces are also regularly displayed at art fairs, including the famous St. Louis Art Fair. Whether browsing or buying, Gateway Gallery is a great place to find unique art by the Midwest's own. - Cathryn D. Blue