The Missouri Historical Society seeks to deepen the understanding of past choices, present circumstances, and future possibilities; strengthen the bonds of the community; and facilitate solutions to common problems.
The Missouri Historical Society has been active in the St. Louis community since 1866. Founding members organized the historical society "for the purpose of saving from oblivion the early history of the city and state."
Today, the Missouri Historical Society operates the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park and the Library and Research Center at 225 South Skinker Blvd. in the city of St. Louis. Admission to the museum and library are free to the public. There is a fee for special museum exhibitions, but weekly free admission times are available. The Missouri History Museum, at Lindell and DeBaliviere, is a short walk from the Forest Park Metro Link station.
The Missouri History Museum offers programs and outreach services, including traveling exhibitions, tours, theatrical and musical presentations, programs for school classes and youth groups, family festivals, special events, workshops, and lectures.