In the entry, children can help construct the Wainwright Building, and explore facts about columns and other features of popular downtown St. Louis buildings. From there, visitors enter a doorway depicting a ride, complete with sound effects, on one of the many trolleys that occupied St. Louis streets from the 1800s until the 1960s.
Once through, children have much more exploring to do. The 1904 World’s Fair holds a prominent position. An homage to the only floral clock at the time, Clubhouse placards invite guests to decorate a clock with silk flowers in any arrangement they’d like. There’s an International Café replica, an art station and puppet show theater; all tie into the fascinating aspects of the World’s Fair.
There can’t be an exhibit on St. Louis history without incorporating the importance of the river. Visitors can learn more about fish found in the river through a colorful wall display. A bit of mystery is also at play when guests, using only their senses of smell and touch, have to guess what might have been transported via steamboat. Kids of all ages will enjoy taking the wheel of a steamboat and pulling the handle to make the sound of a working steamboat whistle. Mounds also make an appearance in the Clubhouse. Families can pretend to live and grow crops in the more than 40 mounds found on this side of the river.
While primarily geared to families with young children, a hidden gem that tweens and teens visiting with younger siblings won’t want to miss is the unique “Selfie Station.” Standing in front of a green screen, patrons take a selfie and email it to one of several addresses. Depending on the address they choose, they will receive an email containing their selfie posed in front of an historic St. Louis location. As an added bonus, the email contains a short lesson about the background image.
Open in June, the History Clubhouse has already become a popular place to visit. They have implemented a free timed-entry system. For more information visit mohistory.org/historyclubhouse.
An on-site restroom, hand sanitizing stations and benches are available.
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The Missouri History Museum is located at 5700 Lindell Blvd. in Forest Park. The History Clubhouse is free and open daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Through July 26, Tuesdays feature extended hours until 7:30 p.m.
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