Find Arts and Culture Off the Beaten Path in St. Louis Monday January 22, 2024 Share AttractionsEntertainmentOutdoors By Rachel Huffman For the 2024 Visitors Guide, Explore St. Louis spoke with four leaders at the helm of the St. Louis arts-and-culture scene. Here, Dana Turkovic, curator of Laumeier Sculpture Park, shares her favorite ways to experience the arts in the Gateway City. See all the content in the official Visitors Guide here. Dana Turkovic of Laumeier Sculpture Park | Photo by Gregg Goldman I think that the most interesting way to experience St. Louis – its landscape, its history, its culture – is through public art. I would, of course, suggest visiting Laumeier Sculpture Park, but the Saint Louis Art Museum is also a can’t-miss attraction. While you’re there, seek out Stone Sea, a site-specific installation by Andy Goldsworthy. Using limestone from a local quarry, Goldsworthy constructed 25 unique arches employing ancient Roman dry-stone engineering, and you can view them through a series of windows in the museum. I love that the museum’s architecture encapsulates this monumental sculpture by this influential artist. The Walls Off Washington, a new art initiative by the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, is another place to view vibrant public art. Forming an outdoor museum of sorts, the 20 murals that currently make up The Walls Off Washington are all within a walkable space. As you traverse this immersive pathway, you get a really intimate experience with these captivating murals. You can also spot some of St. Louis’ iconic, red-brick architecture here. Laumeier Sculpture Park Saint Louis Art Museum The Walls Off Washington | Photo by Gregg Goldman Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site | Photo by Gregg Goldman Gateway Arch National Park I also recommend visiting the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site across the river in Illinois, which preserves the remains of the most significant prehistoric indigenous civilization in the region. While I’m there, I like to climb Monks Mound. Although it’s not very accessible, if you have the ability to make it to the top, you can see the layered history of the region. Underfoot, the mound itself deserves consideration and inspires reflection, as does the Gateway Arch and downtown St. Louis in the distance. I’m looking forward to the new 1904 World’s Fair exhibition at the Missouri History Museum, as well. That’s set to open – with touch-screen computers that allow visitors to go on walking tours of the fair! – this year. Share Related Blogs View All Posts February 29, 2024 5 Things to Do in St. Louis This Weekend | February 29 to March 3 Thanks to weekend events at major St. Louis attractions, the excitement throughout the region is... February 28, 2024 7 Hidden Gems in St. Louis If you’ve hit the highlights, it’s time to explore these hidden gems in St. Louis. February 14, 2024 Meet the Curator: Rick Erwin of City Museum Working at City Museum for more than 15 years, Erwin has plenty of recommendations for... February 7, 2024 15 Things to Do in St. Louis This March Featuring beauty, color, movement, merriment, madness, passion and more, the events in St. Louis this... February 6, 2024 World Wide Technology Raceway Puts the Pedal to the Metal Attending an event at World Wide Technology Raceway should be on every racing enthusiast’s bucket... January 30, 2024 16 Kid-Approved Attractions in St. Louis At these kid-friendly attractions in St. Louis, your little ones can dream big. January 24, 2024 24 Date Night Spots in St. Louis From restaurants to museums and bowling alleys to Ferris wheels, these local haunts will really... January 16, 2024 We Love Valentine’s Day in St. Louis No matter what kind of love you’re celebrating, St. Louis has enchanting events for the... January 15, 2024 See Who’s Singing the Praises of the St. Louis Arts-and-Culture Scene Andrew Jorgensen, general director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, truly believes in the cultural... January 10, 2024 Wintering Bald Eagles Put on a Show in the St. Louis Region Intelligent, stately and brazen, bald eagles have a powerful allure, and right now, you can... January 8, 2024 Experience St. Louis Arts and Culture Like a Local Ron Himes, founder of The St. Louis Black Repertory Company, dishes about the St. Louis... January 2, 2024 15 Things to Do in St. Louis This February Need a way to brighten the darkest days of winter? We’ve got just the ticket!