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Missouri History Museum Subdistrict
The success of the Missouri History Museum has always depended upon the support of the community it serves. In the wake of the Civil War, Elihu Shepard, a local educator and businessman, collected 286 signatures on a petition calling for the formation a historical organization "worthy of the ages."  On August 11, 1866, at the Old Courthouse, the Missouri History Museum was founded "for the purpose of saving from oblivion the early history of the city and state."

One hundred and twenty-one years later, in November of 1987, the residents of St. Louis city and county reaffirmed their commitment to the Missouri History Museum by voting to establish a Missouri History Museum Subdistrict, which provides tax support for the operations of the Missouri History Museum. Financial support from the tax assists the Missouri History Museum with exhibition development and design, conservation of artifacts and documents and educational programming.

As a "thank you" for their continued financial support, residents of St. Louis City and St. Louis County receive complimentary admission to the Missouri History Museum's special exhibitions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

All visitors to the Missouri History Museum receive free admission to the museum and its continuing exhibitions and non-fee based special exhibitions.  Members of the Missouri History Museum also receive numerous benefits as a thank you for their support.
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