The Missouri Historical Society, which operates the Missouri History Museum, has taken over operations of the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in a long-term agreement with the City of St. Louis.
On Nov. 11, 2015, leaders of the Missouri Historical Society and the City of St. Louis signed a construction oversight, museum development and operating agreement in regards to Soldiers Memorial. The agreement will allow the Missouri Historical Society to lead a multi-million dollar renovation of the historic structure to create a state-of-the-art museum facility that honors military service, veterans and their families. Under this agreement, the Missouri Historical Society will be responsible for the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum at 1315 Chestnut St. and the Court of Honor, located directly across Chestnut from Soldiers Memorial. The Missouri Historical Society will oversee a substantial renovation and reconstruction of Soldiers Memorial, will care for the Memorial’s collection of artifacts, and will be charged with all permanent and special exhibitions, among other museum operation responsibilities. MHS expects that Soldiers Memorial will close on February 28, 2016 to begin renovations and remain closed for a little more than two years, reopening in 2018. The City of St. Louis's Soldiers Memorial Commission will continue to serve in an advisory capacity.
About Soldiers Memorial Military Museum
The City of St. Louis created a Memorial Plaza Commission in 1925 to oversee the creation of the Memorial Plaza and Soldiers Memorial. Designed as a memorial to the St. Louis citizens who gave their lives in World War I, the Memorial became Project No. 5098 of the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works. The St. Louis architectural firm Mauran, Russell & Crowell designed the classical Memorial with an art deco flair and St. Louis-born sculptor Walker Hancock created four monumental sculpture groupings entitled Loyalty, Vision, Courage and Sacrifice to flank the entrances. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the site on October 14, 1936 and two years later Soldiers Memorial Military Museum opened to the public on Memorial Day, May 30, 1938. Click here to read more.
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Parking is available in front of the Museum on Chestnut Street, with handicap accessibility on Pine Street.
Spaces on Chestnut Street are "Permit Only," requiring a one-day pass which can be procured at the Soldiers Memorial security office.
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