Photo of Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in Saint Louis, MO, US
Photo of Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in Saint Louis, MO, US
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Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

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washington university • small collection • beautiful pieces • forest park

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  • Photo of MuseumStoreShopper
    2 months ago
    Small collection, with quality exhibits. Your interest in this collection may vary widely by the particular exhibits on display at any given time--I saw one I loved and one, not so much--but they were well-crafted and interesting, all around. The shop is small but offers some nice items, specifically a few by area artists and handcrafters, which I always love to see in art museum stores. The staff were lovely all around.
  • Photo of CodyDC
    4 months ago
    Decided to visit this art museum on a recent trip St Louis as part of a visit to the St Louis Art Museum. This art museum is on the campus of the Washington University of St Louis and not too far from the St Louis Art Museum. I actually walked there. Because of the construction, the entrance was hard to find while I was walking around the campus for sightseeing. Once I found the entrance and entered, I was a little disappointed in the size and collection of the museum (maybe because I just got finish visiting the St Louis Art Museum). The museum was not crowded at all. Upon exit, I noticed the Money museum in the basement and decided to check it out. I actually found that a little more interesting.
  • Photo of Mitchell G
    6 months ago
    What a pleasent suprice. The musuem is well designed and some of the works are world class. Well worth the trip. WHile you are there, walk the beautiful Washington U campus.
  • Photo of Susan S
    6 months ago
    We visited for a special exhibit: Degas to Mucha. What a wonderful surprise! This was an exquisitely curated exhibit with items from Degas, Coro, Picasso, Mucha. They even had video of dancers from the late 1800's. Parking and the museum are free.
  • Photo of RifkaRM
    6 months ago
    Even if you just have one day, this was my favorite place in St Louis (and I had 5 days). Great, interesting, beautiful modern & contemporary art museum. Staff is great and the temporary exhibits are very nicely curated and enjoyable. Don´t miss it.
  • Photo of myobsession
    8 months ago
    What an eclectic museum. On the main floor were interesting sculptures and art by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, and assorted American artists. In the basement was the money museum. That was very interesting. Upstairs were more contemporary pieces. The gallery is small but it packed a punch.
  • Photo of AOneWorldTraveler
    Cool art museum on a college campus. Some of the most beautiful pieces we've seen. If you love large paintings this is the place for you. Also you'll find Picasso, Pollack and other greats too. The building is stunning too! What we didn't like, the young man behind the desk that asked us to check in online and then followed us to every room...even upstairs during our 60 minute visit. For a family between the ages of 55 and 85 this was the weirdest experience ever...in a museum. This guy walked behind us and in front of us the entire time we were looking at the artwork! Seriously. It seemed very aggressive and nasty. As we left, we passed through the last gallery but not before we had to excuse ourselves to actually make it in the gallery past the other three students keeping security! Someone needs to teach the staff how to appreciate its patrons. Did they think we were going to steal the art? Bizarre.
  • Photo of jag343
    a year ago
    Specializing in modern and contemporary art, this small university art museum has beautiful spaces and some outstanding pieces. Great for a brief visit, on the edge of Forest Park
  • Photo of TriassicJoe
    a year ago
    Special exhibits are widely varying and typically interesting. Wide range of 18th through 21st century art, including some special gems by Picasso, Leger, Turner, Stuart Davis, many others
  • Photo of no_place_unlike_home
    This is a little gem of a museum situated on the Washington University campus. Admission is free. It combines a small collection of quality modern art pieces and student work from the university's MFA program. When we were there, many people were taking advantage of art lessons using live (clothed) models. A nice place to spend an hour. Friendly staff.
  • Photo of Ruxtonvet
    2 years ago
    Almost missed this museum. Permanent collection is unusually strong for small museum. Free. If visiting St. Louis and like modern art I would strongly suggest you not miss this one.
  • Photo of mindyTempe_AZ
    2 years ago
    Lovely little art museum on the Washington University campus. Closed on Tuesday (thought that was odd because usually museums are closed on a Monday). Very helpful staff and you can wander about on your own. Visually appealing exhibit space and well worth a visit if you are in the area.
  • Photo of Millpers123
    2 years ago
    The space was beautifully curated with lovely pieces by Miro, Munch, Picasso, Warhol and many other heavy hitters. Impressive collection that was well presented. The guides were super friendly and knowledgeable about the art. A must visit for art lovers to STL.
  • Photo of jackie g
    2 years ago
    Presently there are two great exhibits. One on World War I and the other showing the paintings of Winston Churchhill. The museum is free.
  • Photo of Paul S
    3 years ago
    We were disappointed that the museum was closed on Tuesday but managed to come back on Wednesday. It was well worth it. The exhibit of European Expressionist from their collection was outstanding and consisted of premier examples of each artist and included artists typically not seen in good examples. The Marsden Hartley in another exhibit was worth the trip. And the deKoonig and Soulage and it goes on and on with significant and impressive works of art. A totally unexpected treat was the Money Museum. Well worth going downstairs. As art aficionados 😉 we expected it to be trite but found it very informative and interesting. In all well worth the second attempt to visit.
  • Photo of rduinc
    3 years ago
    Great museum on the campus of Washington University. Rotating exhibits keep it fresh and interesting and we stop by every few months when we are in the area. Make sure to go to the lower level and see the money museum, which is a history of money in the US. It is very, very well done.
  • Photo of Kloe C
    3 years ago
    Beautiful museum with a small collection of beautiful pieces. Their current exhibit is wonderful! It only takes about an hour to go through the whole museum and admission is free -- definitely check it out!
  • Photo of MatthewHundley
    3 years ago
    The Kemper is one of the great art treasures of Saint Louis. Everytime I visit I am surprised by the caliber of art on display - both in the permanent collection upstairs and in the various exhibitions on the main floor. (The kids also love the money museum in the basement.) On my last visit we took in the exhibit: From Picasso to Fontana—Collecting Modern and Postwar Art in the Eisendrath Years, 1960-1968 highlighting some of the amazing European art that was donated to the museum in the 1960's including pieces by Picasso, Miro, Antoni Tàpies and others.
  • Photo of Iowaman1959
    3 years ago
    As other reviews have noted the Kemper Art Museum is not large, but its collection is very impressive! Entrance is free, parking is free and at the door, and the museum can easily be appreciated in a brief period of time. It's like a museum "small plate." As a bonus, the campus of Washington University and its surrounding area is quite beautiful. Highly recommended.
  • Photo of Richard D
    3 years ago
    We have been visiting this museum over the last 4 years since our son was at WashU. If you're in the area, it really is worth it. They always have thought provoking and diverse exhibits. Last visit was the MFA show, which, by it's nature should ruffle some feathers. A couple of the works seemed aesthetically uninspired and probably needed some explanation or there wasn't any. Several of them covered new ground, challenging and provocative. It's not about liking it (the exhibits), its about exposure to them.

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