Archaeology & Paleontology – Art Museums & Tours

Archaeology and Paleontology

The following institutions provide tours, demonstrations, programs and classes that would be appropriate for field trips.


Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
30 Ramey Street, Collinsville, IL 62234
Museum and interpretive center for the archeological remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization known north of Mexico, offering tours, festivals, classes, and teaching resources.

Center for American Archeology
P. O. Box 366, Kampsville, IL 62053
Phone: (618) 653 – 4316
Museum, visitor center, field classes and programs, Family Dig-it overnight, field training for high schoolers, and individualized home school programs.

Dickson Mounds
10956 North Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown, IL 61542
Exhibitions, tours, classes, speakers, workshops and teaching resources.

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Resource to help you build your own program by providing access to information and contacts such as historians and historical sites.

Museum of Art & Archaeology
1 Pickard Hall, Columbia, MO 65211-1420
Collections of ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman art, American and European artwork, prints and sculpture from the 15th century to present are displayed.


Mastodon State Historic Site
1050 Museum Drive, Imperial, MO 63052
Site of Kimmswick Bone Bed where bones of mastodons and other now-extinct animals were first found here in the early 1800s. Museum, interpretive center, library, teacher resource, tour and annual events.

University of Missouri Columbia Campus
Museums on anthropology, entomology, paleontology, archaeology, herbarium and experimental farms open to the public – some by appointment.

Art Museums & Tours

The following institutions provide tours, demonstrations, programs and classes that would be appropriate for field trips.
Alton Museum of History and Art
2809 College Avenue, Alton, IL
Exhibits include Robert Wadlow (the world’s tallest man), the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Black Pioneers, the Underground Railroad, the Piasa Bird, the Civil War and Riverboats.

Carondelet Historic Center
6303 Michigan Ave., St. Louis, MO 63116
Small history museum, art gallery, and historical library.

The Cathedral Basilica
4431 Lindell Blvd, St Louis, MO 63116
(314) 373-8200
Romanesque style on the exterior with a wondrous Byzantine style interior contains the largest mosaic collection in the world, created by 20 different artists and covering 83,000 square feet comprised of over 41.5 million pieces. Mosaic Museum housed in the basement.

Contemporary Art Museum
3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63102
Contemporary art exhibits, docent tours, educators resources, library, media, and a high school educational program, New Art in the Neighborhood Program.

Craft Alliance
6640 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130
Gallery showings, as well as children’s classes and camps providing unique arts experience, from learning techniques of clay, glass and metal arts to writing and creating books, wearable art, puppets and more.

Foundry Art Centre
520 N. Main Street, St. Charles, MO
36,800-square-foot, interactive interdisciplinary arts center offers visitors multiple galleries with high quality exhibitions, working art studios, performing art presentations, and classes. 21 studios have with open glass fronts to allow visitors to see and talk with the artists as they work. The Baue Children’s Gallery is an art gallery and studio designed especially for children and families.

Jacoby Art Center
627 E. Broadway, Alton, IL 62002
This new facility in downtown Alton features an art gallery and offers classes for both adults and children.

Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road, St. Louis, MO 63127
98-acre sculpture park with an outdoor sculpture garden and a museum of art which houses contemporary sculpture, drawings, paintings, ceramics and photography. They offer tours, classes, workshops and summer camps for students.

Saint Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, MO 631110-1380
Art museum providing docent led tours, talks, art classes, teacher resource center, teacher workshops, curriculum kits, loan library (slides and videos), posters, and touchable-art kits. Free Sunday afternoon art activities, tours, artist demonstrations, and performances for children. Each month’s activities focus on a different kid-friendly theme.

Saint Louis Artists’ Guild
2 Oak Knoll Park, Clayton, MO 63105
Contact: Robyn Conroy, Gallery Director
Resource and art center providing gallery exhibits, tours, classes, workshops and camps, teacher training workshops, and facility rental. Free children’s program for children offered the Fourth Sunday of each month, from 1- 3 pm, for children ages 5 – 13, accompanied by an adult. Children will make a variety of art projects related to what’s currently on exhibit at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. No reservations are required. Annual Young Artists’ Showcase is a juried, all media competition for artists between the ages of 15 and 21 and within 100 miles of St. Louis. They also provide teacher workshops, to help you use art in teaching.

St Louis University, Museums of Art
Henry Lay Sculpture Park
Museum of Contemporary Religious Art
Pere Marquette Gallery
Saint Louis University Museum of Art
221 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103 USA
314-977-2500 or 800-SLU-FOR-U
Various museums and galleries see site for information.

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Washington University
One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130
Extensive collection of 19th and 20th century American and European art and hosts special exhibits and shows.

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