Quality Inn Airport
10232 Natural Bridge Rd.
Saint Louis, MO 63134
Phone: (314) 427-5955
Fax: (314) 427-3079
Arts & Museums
Aviation fans of all ages will enjoy a tour of this history-of-flight museum located at Boeing's headquarters in St. Louis. Eight decades of history are represented here, with everything from cloth models and bi-planes to spaceships on display. There are also scale models of the F-15 Eagle, Apache helicopters, military transports and the president's Air Force One. Additionally, there are life-size replicas of the Gemini and Mercury spacecraft that launched the U.S. space exploration program. Other historical exhibits represent the first around-the-world flight in 1924 and the first flight to the South Pole in 1956.
When you hear the word 'legend', Ford trucks generally do not come to mind. This is not true in St. Louis, the home of the Bigfoot 4x4. In the St. Louis showroom, visitors can see the legendary Bigfoot 1, the very first of the 4x4 monster truck phenomenon. The showroom also houses some truly great Bigfoot souvenirs, apparel and collectibles. Visiting Bigfoot 4x4 Inc. is an adventure in itself and includes a tour of the factory that makes the infamous monster trucks. It features more than 20 years of monster truck history and displays the world's largest collection of monster truck memorabilia.
For the past 25 years, Shirley Schwartz has dedicated her life to the love of art and sharing beauty with others. Barucci Gallery is nationally known as one of the premier contemporary art galleries. The gallery offers artistic consulting as well as framing for private collections and is the official framer for the St. Louis Art Fair. The gallery includes pieces by select award-winning contemporary artists and incorporates original paintings, glasswork, ceramics, and jewelry. The selection is quite eclectic, with pieces from all over the United States. Even if purchasing art isn’t in the stars, the gallery is a great place to spend the afternoon browsing. - Cathryn D. Blue
The bustling city of Clayton is full of unique finds. Tomsich Fine Art gallery is no exception. Tomsich curators carefully select artworks by 19- and 20-century American regionalist painters. The rare, unique and historic pieces can be enjoyed in the public gallery or purchased for amusement of a more clandestine nature. Bring in a treasured painting from a private collection and let the staff frame it with one of their beautiful, fine frames. If an old painting has been damaged, restoration is also offered. - Cathryn D. Blue
Located in the bustling St. Louis suburb of Clayton, Clayton Gallery specializes in 19th- and 20th-century American and European art. The collection includes oil paintings, watercolors, graphics and sculptures. Each piece has a story to accompany it. The curators are very knowledgeable about the period pieces in the inventory and are stern art critics. Visitors can expect a museum-like feel, complete with a lesson in art history. Some of the artists featured are Thomas H. Benton, Grant Wood, and Miro. - Cathryn D. Blue
Specializing in all-original artworks including ceramics, photography, glass and paintings by local and regional award-winning artists, Gateway Gallery is a favorite among art-lovers and artists alike. Located in Clayton, this gallery not only sells fine art but is also a popular place for artists to showcase their work. The gallery regularly hosts artists' receptions, and the featured artists are in constant rotation. Pieces are also regularly displayed at art fairs, including the famous St. Louis Art Fair. Whether browsing or buying, Gateway Gallery is a great place to find unique art by the Midwest's own. - Cathryn D. Blue
The 560 Music Center, located in the University City Loop, has been a host to the arts in St. Louis since 1930. Currently, the 560 Music Center is the home of Washington University’s Department of Music. The location is not only a hub for incredible performances, exciting musical acts, and art exhibits, but it is also a space for art lovers to gather and network. Private organizations can rent the space for events and the beautiful ballroom can be used for parties. Check the website for community events, classes, or to plan a visit.
Visitors to St. Louis can feast their eyes here on what the city has to offer in terms of contemporary craft. Educating the locals since 1964, Craft Alliance has held numerous exhibitions and sales in the past, including Glass-Wear, Leandra Spangler and Rimas VisGirda, and Realities and Illusions. The gallery also promotes art by lesser-known and upcoming artists. Other areas of interest include sales and volunteer work. Check the website for detailed information on these.
The Componere Gallery opened its doors in 1986 and in the years since has represented hundreds of local artists, helping them to gain exposure and income for their work. The art displayed consists of everything from contemporary urban paintings, ceramics and jewelry to photography exhibits. Visitors may browse throughout the two-story gallery and enjoy the atmosphere, whether just looking or seriously considering a purchase.
Dedicated in 1988, this University City attraction contains more than 80 brass and bronze stars celebrating people who were born in or lived in St. Louis, making an impact on the city's cultural heritage. Stars such as Maya Angelou, John Goodman, Tina Turner, Betty Grable and Yogi Berra are included in this tribute to St. Louis history. Inductions of new stars are held yearly. The goal of this organization is to educate as well as to share the accomplishments of the honorees. The walk is open year round and is free to the public.
Diversity Gallery specializes in bringing culture, variety, and pleasant liveliness to the busy Delmar Loop. However, not only is the merchandise unlike any found elsewhere in St. Louis, but there's food, art, a natural hair care salon, and entertainment to boot. The Afro/Caribbean theme of the Diversity Gallery creates a culturally sundry environment that attracts people from all walks of St. Louis. The Jamaican patties, shrimp and grits, and veggie sandwiches on the food menu keep them coming back. On various nights, the gallery hosts musical, spoken word, and poetry sets for art heads who enjoy non-conventional creative expression. There's always something new to learn and see at this everything place.
Located on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is the oldest art museum west of the Mississippi River. The exhibits here include 19th and 20th century European and American paintings, sculptures, Egyptian and Greek antiquities as well as contemporary works. Some of the renowned artists represented in the collection include George Caleb Bingham, Frederic Edwin Church, Max Ernst, Willem de Kooning and Christian Boltanksi.