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3236 W. Chain of Rocks Road
Granite City, IL 62040
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Arts & Museums
The National Great Rivers Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the people, nature, and wildlife that have shaped the Mississippi River throughout history. This 12,000 square foot museum, which is highly interactive and computer animated, is packed with more than 15 exhibits that illustrate the impact on their people and region.
You can feel the spirit of the Mississippian Indians live on at this popular attraction. Interesting artifacts are displayed in the world class museum/interpretive center.The impressive state historic site spans over 2200 ACRES, including 70 mounds and gives visitors a fascinating feel for this ancient civilization that dates back to 800-1400 AD.
Featuring military exhibits and vehicles including one of America's diverse Army jeep collections.
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church founded in 1865, serves as a social service resource for the community. The original architectural design of the sanctuary is preserved. Pastor Rev. Robert Zinser is proud to be a part of this historic parish, named for the Spanish Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), whose literary works are cited by the National Library of Congress. The church has an adjacent school, St. Nicholas School, which serves the local community. Visitors attend mass and community events, and are drawn by the general history of the building.
Celebrity watchers will have the opportunity to see more than 200 famous people and historical figures depicted in wax at this downtown museum. See the likes of Henry VIII and his wives, Elvis, Michael Jackson and other notables, including the Pope. The museum is located in the Laclede's Landing entertainment district, an easy walk to restaurants, clubs and souvenir shops. Receive two free children's tickets with each adult ticket.
The museum was founded in 1971 to help preserve and tell the story of the individuality of the community which it serves. It illustrates the aesthetic interests and accomplishments of its citizens and reflects the story of the development and the achievement of that community.
Art St. Louis has worked for over 20 years to benefit community artists by providing exhibition space, an education and exhibition program in area schools, and proactive artist support services. The cooperative gallery welcomes both established and emerging artists, and shows are open to the public for free. Exhibitions include work by artists living within 200 miles of St. Louis, and one show a year expands this radius to include 9 surrounding states.
Located in a former shoe manufacturing building, this museum will satisfy both the young and the young-at-heart. With three floors of interesting, educational and fun-filled rooms, it is one of the best downtown attractions. The museum is run by a group of artists and professionals who together produce an awesome array of exhibits. Feel the authenticity of the multilevel enchanted caves, the architectural museum and the giant aquarium.
MacroSun works directly with national artists and craftspeople from many countries, including Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand and India. This cultural center carries unusual pieces of art as well as other items such as jewelry, books and fashions. Prices range depending on the item's historical value and cultural significance. Whether you are a first time visitor or a local, you will likely discover something wonderful for your home or office decor.
The St. Louis garment district has been recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Among the businesses that have thrived here throughout the past 180 years are many new studios, galleries and cafes. Some buildings have been rehabbed as loft apartments. The loft district, as it is known, is home to many artists who have made their livings from the very buildings that once housed garment plants. These historic buildings now serve well both as studio lofts and as homes to families. The loft district is worth a visit from travelers.
A massive and architecturally important building in the center of downtown, the Old Post Office opened in 1884 after more than a dozen years of effort and expenditure that went into millions of dollars. Built of Missouri red granite and Maine gray granite, the building was designed in the French Second Empire style and greatly resembles its contemporary in Washington, D.C., the Old Executive Office Building. By 1961, the building was virtually empty, with its federal courtrooms and offices having moved to newer buildings. Targeted for demolition, the Old Post Office survived only after a 15-year, nationwide effort by preservationists.
This aristocratic Victorian home-turned-museum is the only survivor of the Locust Street area. Built in 1851 and preserved with 90 percent of its original furnishings and decor kept intact, this museum has become a major attraction among both tourists and locals. The history of the furnishings and decor dates from 1854-1935 and tells a tale of the families who lived in the home. The museum is convenient to downtown St. Louis and features a beautiful carriage house, romantic gazebo and aromatic rose garden. This museum is a nonprofit organization whose membership dues help pay for its upkeep and current renovations.