The Missouri History Museum in Saint Louis is a small museum that showcases the history of the State, and is located inside Forest Park. While the present exhibits are interesting, I think the number of items are too few to be housed in such a huge building.

Thomas Jefferson. Charles Lindbergh. The Louisiana Purchase. The Cardinals. The Browns. The World’s Fair. These are few of the things inside the Missouri History Museum.

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A printing press machine, ca. 1860.


Dred Scott portrait, ca. 1888.

Scott was a slave in St. Louis who was a national symbol of the struggle for freedom. In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court brought to an end Scott’s 10-year battle for emancipitation. The decision set the U.S. on the path to Civil War.

Hand-crafted copper brew kettle, ca. 1840.

One of the first kettles Lemp Brewing Company used in the lager brewing process.

You get to understand the catastrophic fire that hit St. Louis in 1849.


A hose cart used by St. Louis volunteer firefighters to battle the 1849 fire.


The Napoleon Death Mask.

After Napoleon sold Louisiana to the United States, he used the money to fund his European wars in a vain attempt too create a French Empire. After some initial successes, he was defeated and exiled to the island of St. Helena, where he died in 1821. A few death masks were taken of Napoleon and one was replicated and sold by his physician, Francois Antommarhi.

Fleming Shoe-Stitching Machine.


An 1898 carriage.


There is a section that focused on German immigration to Missouri in the mid-19th century.



Free admission. You can spend an hour or so inside the museum. It is also close to the St. Louis Zoo.

Address: Lindell & DeBaliviere, Saint Louis, MO 63112-0040
Phone Number: 314 746 4599

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