St. Louis Art Museum: At One Fine Arts Drive in Forest Park, this is a exceptional art museum that has free admission at all times. The St. Louis Art Museum has an encyclopedic collection of more than 33,000 works. I focused on and enjoyed some great contemporary works as well as some wonderful impressionist paintings in the European galleries. Make sure to check out the new 200,000 sq.ft. addition by British architect David Chipperfield. The Panorama Restaurant in the East Building and the more casual Museum Cafe on the lower level of the South Building are dining options.
Nearby is the St Louis Zoo, the Muny Opera which features outdoor musicals during the summer months, and the Missouri History Museum. There is also the Jewel Box, an art deco green house.