Enjoy the Art
Join us in preserving art for the future—please do not touch the works of art.
The works of art on display in the museum are unique, fragile, and irreplaceable. To help us preserve this work for future generations, please avoid touching or leaning against the artwork, walls, or exhibits.
We welcome group visits! Please send requests at least four weeks in advance.
Visiting with Children
The Museum loans strollers free of charge. Child carriers can be worn in the front or checked at a coat check.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The accompanying adult is responsible for maintaining control of their children at all times.
The Saint Louis Art Museum is committed to being accessible and welcoming to all visitors. Visit our accessibility page to learn more.
The Museum offers visitors a coat check area at the entrances to the Main and East Buildings. Please leave food and drinks, umbrellas, and bags and backpacks larger than 11 x 17 inches at one of the free coat checks.
Food and Drink
Food and drink are not allowed in the galleries. Eating and drinking is permitted at the Museum’s restaurant and cafe, as well as in the Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden and on Blanke Sculpture Terrace.
Photography in the Galleries
Personal photos and video recordings are generally permitted in the galleries and at museum events. Flash photography, monopods, tripods, and selfie sticks are not permitted.
Photography and video recording may be restricted near some works of art on temporary loan or during some lectures and performances. Those restrictions will be indicated, but feel free to ask a member of the Museum staff if you are not sure if photography is allowed.
Please refer to the Photography Policy for complete information.
Commercial photography and video recording in the Museum is prohibited without securing permission. This includes, but is not limited to, any photography and video recording intended to promote a product, service, company, or cause.
Please refer to the Camera Crew Policy for complete information.
To obtain permission, commercial photographers, videographers, and camera crews not hired by the Museum must contact the Marketing and Communications department.
Sketching in the Galleries
Museum visitors are welcome to sketch in the permanent collection galleries using dry media without easels during regular open hours; sketching is not allowed in the Main Exhibition Galleries.
Painters and copyists using easels and/or working in wet media and sculptors working in water-soluble clay or polymer clay, etc., require prior approval.
Read the full Copyist Policy
- Shoes and shirts are required.
- Animals, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed in the Museum.
- The entire Museum campus is smoke-free. This includes vapor and e-cigarettes.
- Weapons are not permitted in the Museum.
- View our Kirpan Policy.