Are you stuck at home and looking for a distraction as you practice social distancing? Well, we may have an answer for you. Many of our inspiring St. Louis area attractions are taking their experiences digital and offering up behind the scenes tours, discussions, and unique information that, in many cases, you have never seen before. From the Saint Louis Zoo to the Cahokia Mounds Museum and beyond, our partners from across the St. Louis area are “virtually” opening their doors to entertain, educate and brighten your day. Below is a growing list of attractions where you can take a tour from your laptop, smartphone or tablet. So if you enjoy watching playful otters splash around the St. Louis Aquarium, or want to indulge in the Masterworks Collection from the International Photography Hall of Fame, please let this be your guide to a virtual tour of your St. Louis favorites.
Virtual St. Louis Experiences
Take a virtual tour of the Field House Museum with one of our docents! Visit our online store below to select your date and time of choice. Be sure to include your e-mail during check out as this is where a video invitation will be sent approximately five minutes before your selected tour time. A docent will take you through the first two floors of the historic house while you learn about the famous children’s poet, Eugene Field, and his father Roswell Field, attorney for Dred Scott. Get the whole family together for this interactive experience!
Home to planes, trains, and automobiles…and, trolleys, too, The National Museum of Transportation houses ‘one of the largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the world,’ according to the Smithsonian Institution. We have a world-class collection AND a few special characters at our facility. Meet Miss Mary, the riveting storytelling at ‘Museum Piece Theater,’ and Speedy McWheels who is always available to give you a quick tour of various parts of the Museum. We’re closed now, but you can buy your half-price ‘Later Date Tickets’ on our website at tnmot.org and we’ll see you soon.
The museum is also hosting an Online Auction May 8-15. Proceeds will allow the museum to continue to take care of their artifacts and be ready for members and guests when they reopen.
The award-winning Inside the Economy Museum takes you inside the historic Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will take you on a one-of-a-kind virtual experience that explains the economy, and your role in it, in a fun and interactive way.
While we are practicing social distancing during this stay at home order, we are bringing the beauty of Forest Park to you at home. From the comfort of your own home, Forest Park Forever invites user to press ‘Play’ on high-fidelity at ListenForestPark.org, where you can enjoy the sounds of the many different areas in Forest Park including Kennedy Forest, Picnic Island, The Emerson Grand Basin and others. You can also find virtual tours on Their Instagram TV and Facebook accounts.
While practicing social distancing take a docent-led, architectural tour of the Central Library using their mobile app. Located in downtown St. Louis, the Central Library opened in 1912 and was renovated in 2012. Today the building showcases a masterful blend of classical and modern architectural styles while preserving the Central Library’s beauty styles. After you’ve taken the architectural tour check out their online eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies, television shows or songs. Don’t have a card? You can apply for an eCard here.
Cahokia Mounds is the home to the remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico are preserved at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. During a time of social distancing the historic site is offering interpretive content daily.
Explore the grounds of White Haven, now the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in this immersive Google 360 Tour, and learn about the history and culture of the home of the 18th President of the United States.
Head on a virtual tour of the Log Cabin Museum in O’Fallon, Missouri. Nested inside Civic Park is a modest log cabin that houses a connection to the earliest days of O’Fallon. The O’Fallon Historical Society’s Log Cabin Museum is a treasure-trove of artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia covering hundreds of years of O’Fallon history.
In the comfort of your own home, discover the Saint Louis Art Museum’s expansive collection that includes more than 34,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of history and cultures. On their website you can listen to Audio Guides from current and past exhibitions including the Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost World’s, Watch videos of exhibitions and collection features and get new perspectives on art as you read through one of their many blog posts.
Missouri Historical Society is offering 360-degree virtual tours of its previous exhibit “Panoramas of the City,” along with a variety of lectures and entertaining videos that will educate visitors on the history of our region and it’s impact upon the nation. Parents and teachers can find exhibit websites, timelines, oral histories, and so much more. They will find information about everything from the 1904 World’s Fair to St. Louis’s role in the struggle for civil rights. They will also be able to access websites from the Lewis & Clark and Civil War in Missouri exhibits, which are among the most used by educators.
What does it look like to live through history? Check out this video giving a glimpse of what’s keeping St. Louis strong in these unprecedented times.
Learn about the history of the original Anheuser-Busch Brewery and sample all the tours available at the Budweiser Brewery Experience through this amazing video series. There is something for everybody, from an inside look at the Clydesdale stables and historic buildings that make up the campus, to details on the brewing process.
The International Photography Hall of Fame located in the Grand Center Arts District is offering it’s newest exhibition, Masterworks: Highlights from the IPHF Collection as a 360-degree virtual tour. The new exhibition, celebrates 55 years of the IPHF and features iconic images from over 50 artists. In addition to the new exhibit the museum is providing a unique collection of lectures and gallery tours that photography and art lovers will enjoy.
The World Chess Hall of Fame may still be closed to the public until further notice but we are currently installing three new shows at the museum: Drawn Games: Chess Posters from Around the World, Dare to Know: Chess in the Age of Reason, and Power in Check: Chess and the American Presidency. We hope you and your families are staying safe, healthy, and practicing self-distancing until we can see you again soon! In the meantime stay engaged with us. Learn about the art, history, and culture of chess on the WCHOF’s website and YouTube channel. Shop chess gifts from our award-winning Q Boutique and have them delivered to your door. Free shipping is available anywhere in the USA!
In the heart of Webster Groves, is the ever-changing gallery, Green Door Art Gallery. Take a virtual tour of their latest exhibit Texture Pattern Color full of talented regional artists.
The Contemporary Art Museum has started a series of interviews with CAM exhibiting artists, past, present & future, called Artist Notes from a Pandemic featuring Liz Johnson Artur, whose show Dusha was on view when we closed due to the coronavirus, Stepanie Syjuco, who presented the exhibition Rogue States at CAM in fall 2019 plus Christine Corday and Marina Zurkow are on deck. In addition to the interviews with CAM exhibiting artists the museum is offering art-making tutorials on their website and social media.
Join staff and docents on a full tour of the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center in St. Louis Missouri, filmed in September 2019. As you take the tour you can expand the description for discussion questions to consider when watching each video.
Pinot’s Palet is offering a wide variety of Virtual Painting Classes and Take Home Paint Kits to tide over your inner-artist until you can enjoy an evening of friends, fun, wine and painting in person again.
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is happy to bring their concerts right into your living room! Visit their You Tube page for a wide variety of performances.
BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups is one of St. Louis’ premier music venues and continues to present the best in live Jazz, Blues, R&B, Roots and Americana to lift the spirit and soothe your soul and has captured some of those world-class performances and wish to share them with you as this unprecedented situation unfolds. The “Live from BB’s” series is broadcast each week from our archives on the website: bbsjazzbluessoups.com/archives Each website broadcast features outstanding performances by national, regional and local artists from our stage.
Every Wednesday through Saturday, check out “Live from the Archives” replaying some of the great sets from The Dark Room stage. Support the artists by contributing to their virtual tip jars.
Experience a limited-time opportunity to stream the final performance of The Rep’s 2019-2020 Steve Woolf Studio Series. The Cake navigates the messy collision of the personal and the political with immense heart and humor, while illuminating the humanity of all involved. The stream will expire on April 12.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis has teamed with Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, The Public Theater and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company to present Play at Home, a series of micro-commissioned short plays from some of the American theatre’s most exciting and prominent playwrights. These new plays – which all run 10 minutes or less – are available for the public to download, read and perform at home for free at playathome.org. The Rep’s commissioned playwrights feature: Regina Taylor (playwright of The Rep’s 2020-2021 production of Oo-Bla-Dee) Karen Zacarias (playwright of The Rep’s 2020-2021 production of Native Gardens) Steph Del Rosso (playwright of The Rep’s 2020-2021 world premiere of The Gradient) Guadalís Del Carmen (who appeared at The Rep as an actor in 2020’s Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles) Tre’von Griffith (a St. Louis performer and playwright, co-founder of TLT Productions)
Jazz St. Louis has developed the eBistro, where we can still be together while apart thanks to digital connectivity. From weekly live streams and libraries of staff favorites for your listening pleasure to educational content for all ages, the eBistro is the spot. Jazz St. Louis is committed to their mission to lead our community in advancing the uniquely American art of jazz through live performance, education and community engagement.
The Helium Comedy club is ready to entertain your mind and body during social distancing from their website, Helium Presents. our solution for entertaining your mind and body: our website, Helium Presents. Here you can peruse complications of their staff’s favorite podcast, movies and music and original content featuring some of their favorite comics.
Saint Louis Story Stitchers
The St. Louis Story Stitchers are Urban storytellers advancing civic pride through art. Their mission is “To document Saint Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy.” Check out their stories today
STAGES St. Louis and STAGES Performing Arts Academy are now offering digital educational content for any and all students. They are honored to bring STAGES first-class educational programs into your home and to partner with some of the best teaching artists and organizations in the region. They also feature interviews with some outstanding Broadway stars, such as Ann Harada from AVENUE Q and Jeremy Jordan from NEWSIES. To take advantage of this free content, visit them on Facebook and Instagram for all announcements and be sure to visit their website to learn more about our class offerings or to register today.
In times of social distancing, cuddle up on the couch with the nation’s largest outdoor amphitheater dedicated solely to musical theater. The Muny will be sharing daily clips from past shows across all three of their social media pages to keep you entertained. You can also tune in to Instagram Live for weekly virtual dance classes with Gabi Stapula.
ComedySportz is clean, outrageous Improv, like you’ve seen on “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” played like a sport. It’s the perfect combo of team humor, spurring an explosion of laughter and competition. Two comedy teams battle it out on stage to much applause–and audience appreciation. Each player will be performing from the safety and comfort of their own homes for our Audience on Zoom who also will be watching from their homes……but they’ll still be able to give suggestions and help decide which team wins!! It’s the next best thing to being in our theater!
The St. Louis Actcors Studio is offering the Neil LaBute’s Ten X Ten Series on their Twitter account @STLAS1 for FREE. Ten X Ten is a collection of original monologues that are performed directly to the camera and in real time, meaning there is no editing or camera trickery. It is all about the material and the actor, bringing each piece to the audience at home as purely and directly as possible. The series was initially written as exclusive content for DIRECTV’s ‘AUDIENCE CHANNEL’ and has been rarely seen since its initial airing on television.
Path of the Past tells the story of Sgt. Louis “Louch” Baczewski, who was part of a tank crew in the 3rd Armored Division (AD) that fought in all five major European campaigns, including the infamous Battle of the Bulge. The film focuses less on the American victory and more on the costs and European destruction of the war and is based on Lou Baczewski’s book Louch. The film is currently available on Amazon Fire, Roku, iOS and Android devices, Apple TV and the web via Valorous TV as well as Vimeo. A portion of proceeds from Path of the Past benefit families dealing with deployment via the non-profit H.E.R.O.E.S. Care.
The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation invites young performers ages 10-18, of all skill levels, are invited to register for a week-long performing arts program taught by Broadway professionals. The week consists of classes, workshops, and rehearsals focused on classic Broadway shows. The staff of Broadway professionals teaches “cast members” songs and choreography from two hit shows from the “Golden Age of Broadway”. Cast members create their own presentations based on shows in the 2020-21 Fabulous Fox Theatre season and other hit musicals. In addition to dance and vocal training, the program includes a mid-week “edu-tainment” segment, highlighted with film clips of Broadway shows.
The Webster University Film Series is offering Virtual Screenings.
- In partnership with Grasshopper Film, the Webster University Film Series presents Vitalina Varela, directed by Pedro Costa. This Portuguese narrative feature is about a woman who arrives in Lisbon from Cape Verde three days after her husband’s funeral and 25 years after seeking out a plane ticket.
- In partnership with Outsider pictures the Webster University Film Series presents Our Mothers through May 14. Forensic Anthropologist Ernesto Gonzalez works with grieving families to identify the bones of their loved ones lost by the hands of Guatemalan military officers years before. While working to help the many victims across Guatemala receive government compensation for their loss, Gonzalez grapples with his own tragedy and pursuit of justice. Our Mothers is a Guatemalan/Belgian co-production, and won the Camera d’Or at Cannes last year.
- In partnership with Cinema Guild, the Webster University Film Series presents Liberté. The succès de scandale of all of 2019’s major festivals – Cannes, Toronto, New York – you’re likely to be grateful to not be watching Libertéin a room full of strangers. Featuring Visconti muse Helmut Berger (The Damned) as the infamous Duc de Walchen, who is leading a band of libertines in the remote forest of the late 18th century to reject any agreed-upon notion of morality. You’ve never seen a costume drama like this one before. Approach with caution; not recommended for those in households with children and/or the easily offended.
- From May 29th to June 11th, Webster Film Series patrons can rent Joan of Arc. Following up his 2017 heavy metal musical Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc with his same young actress, Lise Leplat Prudhomme, in the title tole, French auteur Bruno Dumont (L’humanité, La vie de Jésus, Li’l Quinquin) turns in a film that is slightly less bold than its predecessor, if only just. Named the second-best film of 2019 by John Waters (not to mention recently being selected as a New York Times “Critic’s Pick”), here Dumont shows that after 20+ years of filmmaking, he has no intention of leaving the vanguard. Rent for $10 at the link provided and the Film Series receives half the proceeds.
Rent any of the films from the links provided and the Film Series receives a portion of the proceeds.
Family Friendly Activities
The Butterfly House is doing weekly “Snack Chats” via their Facebook page that offer a behind the scenes look at the insects they care for. Take a LIVE virtual visit to the Butterfly House and explore the Tropical Conservatory that is home to thousands of beautiful butterflies. Facebook Live events take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. The archived videos can be watched anytime.
Shaw Nature Reserve is offering weekly virtual trail walks in its Sights & Sounds Trail Series. New videos are shared every Thursday.
Piece together Maryland Heights, St. Louis backyard in this interactive online Jigsaw Puzzle.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the world’s most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. During this time of social distancing, their staff is providing a series of videos and content to help you enjoy the granger and tranquility of this special St. Louis venue from the safety of your own home. Take a Virtual peak Cherry Blossom Tour or spend an afternoon among the cherry Blossoms. They have also started the Horticulture at Home video series, which provides gardening tips and guidance from their expert horticulture staff.
Trailnet has developed great ways to stay active while maintaining social distance. From digital rides to scavenger hunts, there’s something for everyone!
Sit back and relax and enjoy a virtual visit to the Gateway Arch courtesy of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation and the Gateway Arch. Head on a virtual tram ride and experience getting into the cars, take in the sweeping views of downtown St. Louis from 630 feet high with their live webcams, and grab the coloring pencils and make this Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse coloring sheet your own.
Add a whole new meaning to “the thrill of learning” by connecting your curriculum to Six Flags. Take a virtual ride on some of their most popular rides, and learn about the physics behind these attractions right from the comfort of your home.
Make art, go on a guided tour, DIY a time capsule, peek behind the scenes, watch the Cassilly Crew at work, and help the city museum inspect the slides. Every Monday through Friday, the City Museum staff, crew, artists, and historians are going LIVE on Facebook to share stories, offer free art classes, and entertain you in all the ways we know how (read: mischief, mayhem, and making). Whether you’re homeschooling your little ones or looking for something to do yourself, we hope you’ll tune in. Leave a comment while you’re there. It will make us smile.
The Cardinals Academic Program is a program at Busch Stadium that integrates the game of baseball with school curriculum and provides hands-on activities in various locations at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals have created some modified CAP activities to do at home. Bring a completed worksheet from All-Star Anatomy or Cardinal Directions to the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum once we reopen to receive one (1) free child’s museum admission with the purchase of one (1) adult admission ticket.
Purina Farms is one of the region’s most popular attractions for families and animal lovers. While you’re at home self quarantining, the team at Purina Farms will be bringing you the the best of everything you love about Purina to you virtually! Tune in each day for something new including Monday Animal connections and Wednesdays Amazing Canines.
In partnership with Missouri Department of Conservation and Ameren Missouri, the World Bird Sanctuary is pleased to be able to bring you a live video camera on a Peregrine Falcon nest box. Watch a pair of peregrine falcons as they nest and hatch their chicks with our live video feed. During our Falcon Season, the video runs from 7am – 8pm (central time) each day.
The city of O’Fallon, Mo., throws a fantastic, family-friendly celebration at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex over the 4th of July holiday year after year. Relive all the highlights from previous years during your self quarantine at home.
The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station is home to more than 13,000 aquatic animals. The team at the Aquarium is posting a series of live and prerecorded videos featuring many of their unique animal experiences that offer fun and engaging for kids of all ages.
Our friends at the Saint Louis Zoo have been delighting families of all ages for generations. There is no better way to spend some downtime with your kids than watching the animals and the staff at the Zoo as they carry on their days of social distancing with fun behind-the-scenes video clips and interactive content.
Cinema St. Louis members are invited to participate in an online movie club where we will watch one of the previously screened festival films, discuss the film, and share a blog post. We hope this is a way to bring our love of cinema to our members in a way that continues to build community and distracts, even for a moment, from current events. To register, email email@example.com
The fun, adventure, and learning never ends at the Magic House Children’s Museum. This Kirkwood institution has been bringing family-friendly entertainment and educational opportunities to area residents and visitors since 1979. Visit their many online sites offering up engaging kid-focused videos and content to help them pass the time as they learn along the way.
The Saint Louis Science Center has been teaching kids and their families science for years and they’re not about to let a pandemic stop them. As part of their #museumfromhome campaign, the Saint Louis Science Center is posting videos on social media that will keep your whole family informed and entertained. In their videos you can learn how to pull off that classic tablecloth trick and also find out how the science behind that has been explained by Sir Isaac Newton and his Laws of Motion. Kids will be fascinated by videos where scientists play with liquid nitrogen and even parents can learn something from the information they post about planets, nature and wildlife.
Take Flight with the St Louis Region as we explore conservation through the arts! Enjoy the Silent Skies Mural virtually with Original Musical Score by Thomas Beckman.
Circus Harmony is offering online ZOOM classes privately. Check their Facebook page for class info/dates/times. Message them at least 1 hour prior to class start time if interested in participating so you can be given access.
The Chess Club be closed to the public until further notice but we hope you and your families are staying safe, healthy, and practicing self-distancing until we can see you again soon! In the meantime, keep your mind active by utilizing these free resources. Watch our weekly online chess classes on STLCC’s YouTube and Twitch channels. Download a free copy of Dr. Jeanne Cairns Sinquefield’s “Learn To Read & Write Chess”
With shows and resources for kids, parents and teachers, check out everything Nine Network has to offer. Nine’s learning resources are evidence-based. These educational resources build social and emotional learning, literacy, STEM, social studies, and fine and performing art skills for children across the St. Louis region.
Fun & Feel Good
The doors at Ballpark Village might be closed, but everyone’s hearts are open. During these uncertain times, Ballpark Village has been inspired to spread hope. Use the hashtag #HeartsOpenSTL to share inspirational messages & photos. They will be sharing them regularly.
Experience the FOOD ROOF in color – indoors! Urban Harvest is sharing their beautiful coloring book so that kids and adults alike can continue to experience and learn about the FOOD ROOF Farm even from home. Plus, everyone knows how therapeutic it can be to just sit down and color!
Turn your home into a world of adventure! Let’s Roan is offering digitally guided in-home scavenger hunts that are the perfect activity for explorers of all ages. Families can choose from a wide selection of themes, conquer challenges and trivia and connect with others near and far.
In Lafayette Square, proprietor James Smallwood is keeping 33 Wine Shop’s Tuesday night wine tasting tradition alive via Instagram videos. Wines are listed online in advance, including pricing, and available for pickup at the shop. Once you’re set at home with the week’s selection, tune in for history, education, tasting notes, and pairing ideas for each wine. To keep updated on future varieties and tastings, call the shop at (314) 231-9463.
Vegan chef Caryn Dugan just launched her Plant-Based Quarantine Cooking Show. Streamed on Zoom and Facebook Live, the episodes offer tips for maximizing infrequent grocery trips or deliveries during quarantine, such as buying dried mushrooms instead of fresh, as they won’t go bad. Tune in at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays.