Saint Louis Art MuseumThe Saint Louis Art Museum was founded in 1879 as the St. Louis School and Museum of Fine Arts, and reopened in 1906 in the beaux-arts style building that houses it today. In 1909 the Museum became a public entity supported by a City tax, and eliminated all admission fees. In 1971, voters in St. Louis City and County approved the creation of the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District (ZMD), a political subdivision of the State of Missouri, and the Saint Louis Art Museum became the "Art Museum Subdistrict of the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District of the City of St. Louis and County of St. Louis.
City and County tax-collecting agencies collect the property tax imposed by the ZMD and remit the proceeds to the District, which redistributes them to the five subdistricts within (The Saint Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Science Center, the Missouri History Museum, and the Missouri Botanical Garden).
The St. Louis Art Museum FoundationThe St. Louis Art Museum Foundation, a Missouri nonprofit corporation, was established in 1985 for the sole benefit of, and to carry out the purposes of, the mission and activities of the Saint Louis Art Museum. The mission of the Saint Louis Art Museum is to collect, present, interpret, and conserve works of art of the highest quality across time and cultures; educate, inspire discovery, and elevate the human spirit; and preserve a legacy of artistic achievement for the people of St. Louis and the world.
The Foundation does not own any real property nor conduct any activities other than those that support and promote the Museum. All income to The St. Louis Art Museum Foundation comes from private sources (memberships, general contributions, special events, and endowment interest).
The St. Louis Art Museum Foundation is governed by a three-person Board of Directors and two non-director Officers.