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GRAND OPENING: TIPS FOR ENJOYING YOUR VISIT



Museum Hours:
Saturday, June 29: 10:00 am–10:00 pm
Sunday June 30: 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Monday July 1: 10:00 am—5:00pm


On June 29-30, Fine Arts Drive will be closed from the bottom of Art Hill at Lagoon Drive to the intersection with Government Drive near the Zoo on the east. The road will close at 5:00 am on Saturday, June 29 and will reopen Sunday night at 10:00 pm. No traffic will be allowed onto Fine Arts Drive from Government Drive. The intersection will serve as a Forest Park Trolley stop. The Museum will staff the intersection to help direct traffic.

Lost? Looking for a favorite artwork or a restroom? There will be many staff and volunteers on hand to help you throughout the weekend. Don't be shy—just ask!

Do I need a ticket?
No. Admission to the Museum Campus, buildings, and exhibitions, and to the Grand Opening festivities is FREE. You will not need a ticket.

Visitors wishing to tour the new East Building will be directed to enter from Fine Arts Drive through the East Building doors.

How do I get into Forest Park, and where can I park?
We recommend entering Forest Park via Skinker, either from Highway 64/40 or Forest Park Parkway. Fine Arts Drive will be closed for the weekend celebration and parking throughout Forest Park will be at a premium. For details, see Getting Here.

**Please note that the Museum's new Parking Garage ($15) will not be open for regular business until July 1.

What is the World of Art Festival?
During Grand Opening Weekend, the Museum Campus and Art Hill will play host to a World of Art: a variety of art activities, performances, vendors, and food booths. The World of Art activities run from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 29, and from noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday, June 30. The festivities continue on Saturday after our World of Art activities wind down at 6:00 pm—the Museum will remain open until 10:00 pm for an Opening Night Celebration.
Saturday Stage Schedule   Sunday Stage Schedule   Participants List

Saturday Stage Schedule

10:00–10:30 am Doorei Traditional Korean Drumming
11:00–11:30 am Dances of India Website
12:00–12:30 pm The Black Rep Website
1:00–1:30 pm The DisAbility Project Website
2:00–2:30 pm Circus Flora Website
3:00–3:30 pm Shakespeare Festival St. Louis's advanced teen ensemble, the Shakespeare Squadron Website
4:00–4:30 pm Edo Sadikovic
5:00–5:30 pm Jamaica Ray
7:00–9:00 pm Nicholas Payton, special guest with Phil Dunlap Quintet, additional appearances by Willie Akins and Brian Owens Website

Talent line-up and schedule subject to change without notice

Sunday Stage Schedule

12:00–12:45 pm Trombones of the St. Louis Symphony Website
1:00–1:30 pm Afriky Lolo with Diadie Bathily Website
2:00–2:30 pm St. Louis Native American Dancers
3:00–3:30 pm Samba Bom Website
4:00–4:30 pm The Muny Teens Website

Talent line-up and schedule subject to change without notice

Participants List

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis Website
Craft Alliance Website
Good Journey Development Foundation Website
The Griot Museum of Black History Website
Laumeier Sculpture Park Website
The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum® Website
Missouri Botanical Garden Website
Missouri History Museum Website
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts Website
Saint Louis Science Center Website
Saint Louis Zoo Website
Archaeological Institute of America – St. Louis Society Website
Diversity Awareness Partnership Website
Friends of Taiwan - Greater St. Louis Website
Paraquad Website
Perennial Website
St. Louis ArtWorks Website

What's happening inside the Museum?
This weekend will be the public opening of our new East Building and its 21 fully-installed galleries. On view will be an impressive selection from our permanent collection, as well as our free exhibition, Post-War German Art in the Collection. Visitors can also take this opportunity to see both the newly-installed galleries of the Main Building, and other exhibitions throughout the Museum.

Any tips once I'm inside?
The Museum is committed to maintaining a safe and comfortable environment, and strives to be welcoming to all visitors by making its building and programs accessible to everyone. Please click here for more information about our guidelines and resources.

What else should I know about Grand Opening Weekend?
Visitors wishing to tour the new East Building will be directed to enter from Fine Arts Drive through the East Building doors.

·  While Panorama restaurant will not open for regular business until July 1 (you can make reservations online or at 314.655.5490), the Museum Cafe will be open throughout the weekend. Service will be first come, first served. There will also be food vendors outside at our World of Art Festival.

·  Both the Museum Shop on Level 1 in the South Building and the new Shop in the East Building will be open during Museum hours.

·  Please note, the Museum's new Parking Garage ($15) will not be open for regular business until July 1.

·  Museum Members should bring their membership cards and stop by the Members' Hospitality Tent under the statue of St. Louis to cool down with free refreshments. The tent will be open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 29, and from noon until 5:00 pm on Sunday, June 30. For a detailed list of Member Events, see Members.

·  For more information about the new building and its architect, click here.


Don't see your question answered? Please email us at marketing@slam.org.

Please let us know what you think of our new building, exhibitions, installations, and amenities. We have placed comment cards at all Museum entrances, or you can fill out our online contact form.

Visiting from out of town? For places to stay and other things to do in St. Louis, check out www.explorestlouis.com.