The Missouri History Museum is located in Forest Park and showcases Missouri history. The museum is operated by the Missouri Historical Society and the main galleries of the museum are free through a public subsidy by the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District.
The museum is housed in the Jefferson Memorial Building, which was built in 1913 with profits from the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. In 2000, the Emerson Center was added to the museum due to the need for more exhibition space.
The museum's signature collection includes both artifacts from U.S. history, as well as Missouri and St. Louis related materials, such as local colonial and native artifacts, objects from the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, and items relating to Charles Lindbergh and his trans-Atlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis. A replica of the Spirit of St. Louis can be found in the museum. A large number of artifacts from the Lewis and Clark Expedition are also housed in the permanent collection, as St. Louis was the starting point for their journey.
There have been numerous traveling exhibits and events at the museum and have included items related to the Fox Theatre's restoration and renovation, the Road to Freedom tour (celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act), and, prominently, the Lewis and Clark National Bicentennial Exhibition.
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