Contemporary Art Museum – St. Louis 

CAM brings inspiration to all that visit.

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis acts to enhance lives and inspire creativity, curiosity, and learning through experiences with modern art. Our goal is to offer meaningful engagement with the most innovative and relative art being created today. Free to all, we’re a welcome space.

We display work being made today for today’s audiences. Art that showcases the world around us and helps unites us to the most salient topics of our time. Not having a permanent collection lets us be responsive, nimble, and adaptive – both to our local community and the global art world.

CAM is a beginning place for artists, several go on to critical acclaim. It is also a venue for St. Louis natives to see figures of international recognition. A place for discovery, CAM is a meeting place to enjoy and see the modern visual culture.

Impact and Mission

Encouraged by the work on view, we engage millions of people outside and inside the museum’s walls through a vast host of activities for folks of all ages, such as stroller tours, artist talks, hands-on ArtReach workshops in neighborhoods and schools, a monthly neighborhood art crawl, and city-wide Open Studios STL. We have over 75 public programs per year and most of them are free. We keep a serious relationship with St. Louis public schools.

CAM cultivates the creative thinking of our city’s young people with in-depth, free art education. In New Art in the Neighborhood, our famous studio art program for teens, and LEAP Middle School Initiative, students partner with artists to become engrossed in contemporary art practices and issues. In Teen Museum Studies, an inventive career-based training program, members experience the inner workings of the museum as they coordinate an exhibition from beginning to end. These programs have a long-term impact, forming better citizens, better artists, better students and art spectators for the future.

 

 

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The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

You can find the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis.

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, part of the Washington University in St. Louis, is dedicated to developing and preserving its art collection and staying its legacy of collecting crucial art of the time; offering excellence in art historical education, scholarship, and exhibition; motivating social and intellectual inquiry into the connections between contemporary life and art; and stimulating audiences in the local community, on campus, across the nation, and around the globe.

History and Collection

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum goes back to the 19th century.  Its collection was molded in huge part by acquiring major works by artists of the time, a legacy that lasts today. Now one of the finest university collections in the US, this museum has strong holdings of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century American and European prints, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and installations.

Architecture

First located in a neo-Renaissance building in downtown St. Louis, in 1906 the Museum collection was transported to the Palace of Fine Arts in Forest Park, now the Saint Louis Art Museum. It currently remained there until the opening of Steinberg Hall in 1960, which linked Washington University’s visual arts departments with the museum, then named the Washington University Gallery of Art.

In 2004, the museum formally became the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. The present building opened on October 25, 2006. Both Steinberg Hall and the current museum were created by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki.

In 2017, Washington University began one of the most vital capital projects in the recent history of the Danforth Campus: the transformation of the east end. The comprehensive plan includes two changes to the Sam Fox School—the construction of Anabeth and John Weil Hall and the expansion of the Kemper Art Museum—both of which are being designed by architecture firm Kieran Timberlake.

 

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Amazing Things to Do in Missouri When It’s Raining (Part II)

 

National Blues Museum, St. Louis

The National Blues Museum has high impact technology-driven blues experiences, a theater, artifact driven exhibits, and public programming. It studies the history of the blues and praises its significance as the root of other American modern music types.

Even though it’s raining there’s still plenty of enjoyment to be found.

Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave, Hannibal

The Mark Twain Cave Complex has both the Cameron Cave and Mark Twain Cave. Mark Twain Cave is the one the author depicted in his books. It is a registered National Natural Landmark and was 1st shown to the public in 1886. The one-hour tour is 60 minutes and takes you through the labyrinth style passages.

Cameron Cave delivers a different sort of underground experience. A guided, 90-minute tour takes you through the cave with lantern light, letting you see the cave as it looked when it was found in 1925. No changes have been made to the cave other than those needed to fulfill the basic comfort and safety regulations for show caves.

Adrenaline Zone, St. Charles

Adrenaline Zone in St. Charles has three awesome game options. Demolition Ball is a fun game that unites polo, hockey, football, and basketball. And it’s played in bumper cars. You have to be at least 12 years old to play. Adrenaline Zone’s laser tag arena is one of the biggest multi-level arenas in Missouri.

The third choice at Adrenaline Zone is Heist, a hi-tech, timed laser maze. Besides all of this, the facility has pool tables, video games, and foosball tables, not to mention catering and a full bar.

Hallmark Visitors Center, Kansas City

Hallmark was established in 1910 by Mr. J.C. Hall and its headquarters have been in Kansas City for over 100 years. Stop by and find out all about its history and inception. They have the original artwork, several interactive displays, Keepsake Ornament collections, Hallmark television commercials, and special exhibits. Also, they offer group activities.

 

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Amazing Things to Do in Missouri When It’s Raining (Part I)

Rainy days can dampen your plans but there’s plenty to do despite the wet weather.

Spring in Missouri delivers some impulsive weather which usually includes rain. This means you make plans to visit the park, the zoo, or ride bikes are shot, and you need some other activities. Below are some amazing things to do for when Mother Nature is not obliging with your outdoor plans.

Activity and Recreation Center, Columbia

The A.R.C. in Columbia is a 73,000-square-foot indoor recreation facility. There is a gymnasium, an indoor leisure pool, a game room, an indoor track, and cardio/strength-training zones. Features of the pool include interactive water play features, a lazy river, a zero-depth entry, a triple-loop water slide, a vortex, three-lap lanes, and a heated hydrotherapy pool. You can buy annual, weekly, or daily passes.

Auto World Museum, Fulton

In this museum, cars are shown in era-specific settings to make the atmosphere of the year the vehicle was made using big prints of building facades and historical scenes. The oldest car in the museum’s collection is a 1903 Humbrette, and the latest is a 1997 UMC solar race car. The displays rotate, with the museum displaying close to 80 vehicles at a time from the bigger collection. Visitors get audio-visual information about the automobiles and their place in history with interactive kiosks. An ideal activity for car lovers.

Missouri State Capitol Building, Jefferson City

Finished in 1918, the capitol covers three acres in downtown Jefferson City. Rising 238 feet over the ground level, the dome is capped by a bronze statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of vegetation. The structure is famous for its architectural features like its bronze doors, columns, and grand stairway. Besides its part in government, the building also houses the historic exhibits of the Missouri State Museum.

They offer free guided tours. Also, self-guided maps are available for sightseeing on your own.

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Best Barbecue in Kansas City (Part III)

 

Char Bar
A short drive from Q39, you’ll discover Char Bar. This joint has a huge outdoor space with patios, fire-pits, games for kids, and a very dog-friendly lawn. Having a drink here with a plate full of barbecue while the sun going down is hard to beat. There’s also a beer garden and plenty of choices for anyone with food allergies.

Slap’s BBQ

You have a ticking clock on Slaps. Every day, Slap’s BBQ opens in the a.m. and goes on to sell its award-winning food until it sells out. And it sells out each day. So, if you even think about coming after 3 pm, don’t waste your time. Everything they do is amazing, and they’re the only barbecue joint on this list that also merits a recommendation for their Taco Tuesdays too.

Yes, Slap’s can’t do any wrong, and the competitive nature of trying to beat the rest of KC in barbecue is a fabulous reason to make this place your second home, even if you’re not really in the mood.

Hawg Jaw Que & Brew
Burnt ends are tasty, but the true range of meat choices is the pull of Hawg Jaw Que & Brew. The French dip, briskets, the wings, and the loaded fries…they’ve got all you need for dipping into their signature sauces. If you love beer, they also have more than 20 craft beers to pick from.

Whoever came up with these BBQ nachos is a genius.

Plowboys Barbecue

The barbecue nachos are brilliant and simple. Homemade queso, chips, and jalapeños with your pick of meat, covered with barbecue sauce.

Scott’s Kitchen

While the menu has the customary brisket, pork, ribs, etc., they also use these same meats in bowls, burritos, and tacos. Put in rice, black beans, romaine, cheese, and salsa. At breakfast, they offer tacos and bowls with eggs and potatoes.

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Best Barbecue in Kansas City (Part II)

 

Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue

You’ll find the best BBQ in your life at Fiorella’s.

You know, it’s difficult to play favorites here, but plenty of places you could look to this one at #1 up close. We’re not here to throw up in the face of conventional flavor wisdom. Jack Stack is excellent. While there are a couple of locations, you really must visit the Freight House, where 25-foot ceilings in an old freight yard are accompanied by mood lighting… and some of the best BBQ of your life.

Like everywhere else in KC, the burnt ends are excellent, but the tangy sauce that will drench all on your plate is so amazing you’ll be licking your fingers. As for sides, the fries, cheesy corn, BBQ shrimp and cornbread are all equally fabulous.

Joe’s

There’s a reason Joe’s is on the list of the best barbecue spots in the nation. It’s a BBQ joint situated inside a gas station. If that’s not for you, you’re gonna miss out on the best midwestern meal you can ever imagine. The menu here is divided into meat and “other stuff.” Both are highly recommended.

Most of the complete barbecue dinners are based on availability. Therefore, it’s best to show up at Joe’s with no plans but a belly that must be filled. Also, be ready to wait. You’re encouraged to wolf down your food and then move out of the way for the next guests.

Q39

A formidable newcomer to a scene rich with heritage
Established only four years ago, Q39 uses techniques classically-trained chef/owner Rob Magee perfected while on the competitive barbecue circuit. The wood fire grill and smoker fired at every meal ensures that you’re getting the freshest meats.

And the meats, they are a plenty. Top-quality plates piled high with ribs are just a portion of what you need to be ready for. The sausages are some of the best in the city, and the chicken is quite impressive.

 

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Best Barbecue in Kansas City (Part I)

Kansas City has some amazing BBQ for you to try.

Kansas City has come into its own as an oasis for culture and entertainment, rivaling the Austins and Chicagos of the US. But that’s a current development. The one thing KC has had On Lockdown for over a hundred years is its barbecue, the best in the nation.

See, KC will put barbecue sauce on anything. Though, you won’t find those more gamey meats in any BBQ joints here.

Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque

A concentrated menu with roots that goes back to KC’s BBQ forefathers
Bryant? Of the Kansas City Bryants? Yes. This is one of those elite lineage sites. With a history going back to Henry Perry himself, it’s a true cornerstone of the KC BBQ story. The sauces come original or rich & spicy and the portions are plentiful.

Lucky for you, choices here are very streamlined. There are ribs, six types of meat, fries, onion rings, and some choices for the children. Throw a dart at the menu and chances are you’ll be pleased with what you’re taking home. They’re also so proud of their white bread that you can just buy a loaf of it. It’s really worth it.

Gates Bar-B-Q

Like you’ve snuck into someone’s kitchen
Masterpiece KC sacrificed quality with their decision to mass-produce their sauce, but Gates has been selling numerous rubs and sauces since the 70s and it has only increased their business. With locations all over the city, Gates is the BBQ of the people, for the people.

You can at any time stroll in and grab a serious family-style platter with thinly shaved beef atop white bread with your choice of sauces going from mild to sweet to hot. There’s a universal nature to Gates, which is why the walls are covered in photos of world leaders coming by to eat.

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Best Bed & Breakfast Inns in Missouri (Part IV)

 

Fleur-de-Lys Mansion…Luxury Inn at the Park, St. Louis

With four large guest rooms with the names of St. Louis parks, this 19th-century luxury inn has a spa room, gourmet breakfast, and a garden in the outdoor area. Right at 3500 Russell Boulevard in St. Louis, this 17-room mansion constructed in 1913 also has special packages such as carriage rides, a spa treatment package, flowers, plush robes and more.

Southmoreland on the Plaza, Kansas City

Just 1 ½ blocks from Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza, Southmoreland has fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, and private decks. Situated at 116 E 46th Street, they feature 12 unique rooms in the three-story main inn and a luxury suite located in the carriage house. They offer gourmet breakfast, complimentary wine and hors d’oevres in the late afternoon, and hot beverages and sweets each evening. They are also minutes away from dining, shopping, museums, theaters, and other attractions.

Bass and Baskets, Lake Ozark

This bed and breakfast is located on the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.

Located in mid-Missouri on the shore of the Lake of the Ozarks, this B&B was built with a fishing and Longaberger basket theme in 2001. Every one of their four rooms has wireless internet, cable, private bathrooms, and a CD player. In addition to nearby golfing, shopping, and restaurants, you can also enjoy biking, nature walks, hiking, boating, waterskiing and of course, fishing at Lake of the Ozarks State Park or HaHa Tonka State Park.

Lots of Missouri Attractions are centered around our rich history. Our forested mountains and grassy plains hosted the pre-historic Mississippian culture whose mounds can be seen here to this day. On our eastern border, The Mississippi River served as a highway for the French trappers who founded St. Louis here in 1764.

After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Missouri played a central role in the westward expansion of the United States, earning us the nickname “Mother of the West.” The Pony Express, Oregon Trail, Santa Fe Trail, and California Trail all started here.

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Best Bed & Breakfast Inns in Missouri (Part III)

 

Abigail’s Grape Leaf Bed and Breakfast, Hermann

Discover Missouri Wine County and historic Hermann while lodging in one of Abigail’s suites or cottages. Situated at 206 Shiller Street, you will also get a gourmet breakfast each morning served in your room. They received the Certificate of Excellence in 2015 from Trip Advisor. The buildings themselves have historic pasts. The Milliner’s Bedchamber cottage was once an 1880’s Millinery Shop.

The Happy Wanderer Cottage gives you plenty to do including access to the Missouri River.

The Happy Wanderer Cottage is in what was once a carriage house and has been restored into a historic European cottage. The main house is a historic 1850’s building and features the Shiller Strasse Parlor Suite on the first floor, and the Parisian Dreams Bedchamber on the second floor. With the entrance to the Missouri River, Katy Trail, wineries, state historic sites and more, you won’t be bored.

Albonée Country Inn and Vineyards-Winery, Independence

Situated at 2200 South Crenshaw Road and facing the Little Blue Valley in historical Independence, this hillside country estate has low-cost rates and is near fine dining and shopping. A complimentary breakfast is provided in the a.m. and nearby attractions include the Harry S. Truman Home & Library.

The Branson House, Branson

Located in historic downtown Branson and just four blocks from The Landing at 120 Fourth Street, the Branson House features five distinct rooms, each with its own bathroom. They have daily breakfast and nightly pie or cookies. This 85-year-old renovated home is appropriately located near golf, shopping, and the wonderful Lake Taneycomo.

Stone-Yancey House Bed and Breakfast, Liberty

Located at 421 North Lightbourne Street in Liberty, Stone-Yancey House has three rooms with private sitting areas, private baths, work areas, and high-speed internet. They provide a three-course breakfast every morning and sweets in the evenings. Special packages offer romantic touches, and you can also curl up in a fluffy bathrobe. Close to numerous area attractions like parks, shopping, museums, and theatres.

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Best Bed & Breakfast Inns in Missouri (Part II)

 

The Amber House, Rocheport

Situated at 705 Third Street in Rocheport, The Amber House has contemporary amenities and Victorian elegance. With access to many wonderful trails and attractions such as the Katy Trail, they also have on-site professional massages if you just want to chill. Explore the historic village of Rocheport or the beautiful nearby Les Bourgeois Vineyards. With four distinct suites, some with jetted 2-person tubs.

Hannibal is packed with numerous things to keep you busy such as their art galleries.

The Dubach Inn, Hannibal

Situated only three blocks from Main Street in historic downtown Hannibal, this incredibly restored 1871 Italianate has affordable rates for any budget. Three suites plus an addition deliver sitting rooms and private baths, cable and wireless internet, DVD players and refrigerators and microwaves. Near restaurants, shopping, art galleries, theaters, and the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, you won’t be bored.

Julias Shadyrest Bed and Breakfast, Mayview

This log cabin home constructed in 2000 is located outside Odessa on a Whitetail Deer Farm. They have three distinct-themed rooms. The Hideaway is detached from the house and has a private business area, a master bath, fireplace, kitchenette, screened-in porch with an outdoor seating area and a BBQ grill. The Lily of the Nile is on the main floor of the main house and has a porch, private deck, and balcony. The Longhorn Room is on the upper level and is a smaller room close to the game room.

Bellevue Bed and Breakfast, Cape Girardeau
This 1891 Queen Anne Victorian Inn is located in historic Old Town in Cape Girardeau at 312 Bellevue Street. Stay in lavishness near antique shops, boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries not to mention the Mississippi River. Take pleasure in a gourmet three-course breakfast every morning and stay in one of four guest rooms (Girardot, Highlands, Yorkshire, and Cove) and make it really special with one of their add-on packages.

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