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Arts and Culture

The cultural sights and sounds of the greater South County region are truly unmatched. Established in 1880, the internationally renowned St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs its exceptional season in Powell Symphony Hall, while also traveling to venues across the globe. Nestled within the bustling Grand Center, a thriving four-block arts and entertainment district, the magnificently restored Fabulous Fox Theatre is host to a range of well-known musicians and Broadway musicals.

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Also based in Grand Center is Dance St. Louis, which brings national and international professional dance companies to the area.

The Muny, the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor theater, has been a part of St. Louis culture since 1918. The 12,000-seat venue in Forest Park features a list of fantastic summertime Broadway musicals. The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, one of the country’s premiere opera companies, is the place for world-class opera performances. Since its founding in 1976, the Opera Theatre has offered more than 40 world and American operas to its guests. Live theatrical productions are enjoyed at such venues as the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, which is housed in the renovated Grandel Theatre.

Those in search of a mix of education and entertainment revel in the offerings of the region’s terrific museums. Located upon the site of the main entrance of the 1904 World’s Fair, the Missouri History Museum seeks to present the history of the St. Louis region, the state of Missouri and the entire American West.

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Built in memory of Thomas Jefferson, the museum showcases exciting exhibits and research items; great programming; informational presentations; lectures, workshops; tours; and special community events such as films, theater performances and live music.

Nestled within beautiful Forest Park is one of the country’s finest comprehensive art museums. The St. Louis Art Museum contains more than 30,000 diverse works of art illustrating virtually every culture and time period. Featured exhibitions, a research library, an array of special events, and a wealth of community and educational programming round out the list of offerings found through the museum. A $125 million expansion plan has been unveiled, which will add new gallery and public space, along with a 300-space below-grade parking garage. Once started the project is expected to take approximately two years to complete.

The St. Louis Science Center is the premier facility focusing on encouraging the understanding of ecology and the environment, humanity, technology, and the relationship between all of these facets of life. The three-building complex comprising the center houses more than 700 hands-on displays. Popular attractions include the OMNIMAX Theater, the Planetarium—one of the nation’s foremost space education facilities—and a range of galleries featuring such exhibits as a life-size animated Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops.

Children are encouraged to explore their creativity and develop problem-solving skills through hands-on learning experiences at the Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum. The museum features hundreds of engaging interactive exhibits and recently showcased its new expansion project that more than doubled its size. Early childhood and elementary tours, toddler programs, summer camps, scout programs, and community outreach services are included in the offerings of the Magic House.

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