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Daily Public Tours of the Collection

Free docent-led tours of the collection are available daily. Tours depart from the Information Center in Sculpture Hall and last approximately one hour.

Tuesday–Friday, 10:30 am
Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 pm

Schedule a Tour

The Museum charges no general admission fee, and all tours are free. An admission fee is charged for featured exhibitions. Tours may be scheduled for any time during open hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm, and Friday, 10:00 am–9:00 pm. The Museum is closed on Mondays.

Schedule a self-guided or docent-led tour.

Gallery Talks

Join us in the galleries each week for lively and informative talks by curators, academic scholars, artists, and other experts.
Thursdays, 11:00 am
Fridays, 6:00 pm

Learn more about upcoming Gallery Talks.

Lectures

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures take place at The Farrell Auditorium at the Saint Louis Art Museum. All events in The Farrell Auditorium, including free events, are ticketed. Tickets may be purchased or reserved in person at the Museum's Information Centers or through MetroTix at metrotix.com or 314.534.1111. All tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets purchased at the Museum.

 Learn more about upcoming Lectures.
James F. Ballard: Unparalleled Collector
Friday, April 8, 7:00 pm
The Farrell Auditorium. Free.
Advance tickets recommended.


Ballard ranks with the world’s great carpet collectors, but in terms of his personal life, the factors that motivated him to collect, and his methods of collecting, he stands alone. Join historian Dr. Thomas J. Farnham, Textile Museum Trustee and Charles Grant Ellis Archives Research Associate and professor emeritus at the Connecticut State University System, for an insider's look at the intriguing man behind the carpets. This free lecture will be held in The Farrell Auditorium.

The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park Annual Lecture

Tuesday, May 3, 7:00 pm
The Farrell Auditorium. Free.
Advance tickets recommended.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House—Saving a House, Saving a City
Jack Quinan, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, University at Buffalo (S.U.N.Y.)

As part of the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park Annual Lecture Series, Quinan will discuss another work by the great architect. The Martin House, now recognized as one of Wright’s greatest early works, fell into disrepair and was partially demolished between 1937 and 1967, years during which the City of Buffalo itself was in drastic decline. This presentation will describe the events and circumstances by which the house was stabilized and restored and its impact on preservation consciousness in Buffalo, now a city on the rise.

Screening and Discussion with Gina Kim
Friday, May 13, 7:00 pm
The Farrell Auditorium. Free.
Advance tickets recommended.

Gina Kim, assistant professor of film, UCLA
Co-Presented with the Gateway Korea Foundation

More information will be provided as soon as possible.

African American Expressions in Folk Art
Saturday, June 25, 10:30 am
The Farrell Auditorium. Free.
Advance tickets recommended.

Alvia J. Wardlaw, Professor of Art History and Curator of the University Museum, Texas Southern University

Join us for a fascinating lecture by pioneering art historian Alvia J. Wardlaw, curator of the groundbreaking exhibitions The Quilts of Gee’s Bend and Hard Truths: The Art of Thorton Dial. This lecture accompanies the exhibition Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum (June 19 through September 11).

All events in The Farrell Auditorium, including free events, are ticketed. Tickets are subject to availability. Tickets may be purchased or reserved in person at the Museum's Information Centers or through MetroTix at metrotix.com or 314.534.1111. All tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets purchased at the Museum.

Classes, Seminars, and Workshops

Expand your love of art in these classes taught by Museum curators, university professors, and accomplished artists. Beginners welcome; no homework required.

 Learn more about upcoming Classes, Seminars, and Workshops.

ADULT CLASS

Oriental Rugs for Beginners
Saturday April 9, 10-3 pm
$50 ($40 Members); limited to 25
Register

Learn the basics of Oriental rugs from Saint Louis Art Museum conservator Zoe Perkins and Asadorian Rug Company proprietor Richard Asadorian. Through a slide presentation, hands-on demonstration, and a visit to the exhibition, The Carpet and the Connosseur, students will learn about regions of production, major styles, history, and basic care and repair. Box lunch is optional for an additional fee.