Soldiers Memorial Military Museum is a state-of-the-art museum facility honoring local military service members, veterans, and their families. Located in the heart of downtown, Soldiers Memorial is home to exhibits that tell the story of American military history through the lens of St. Louis.
Originally opened in May 1938, Soldiers Memorial reopened in November 2018 following a two-year, $30 million revitalization overseen by the Missouri Historical Society. With the help of Mackey Mitchell Architects and numerous local craftsmen, every effort was made to maintain the architectural and historic integrity of the art deco building while also bringing it up to contemporary museum standards. Additionally, Soldiers Memorial is now LEED certified and fully ADA compliant. The Court of Honor, located across Chestnut Street, has also been updated to include a fountain recognizing each of the five branches of the military and a reflecting pool. Walkways connect the Court of Honor to Soldiers Memorial, uniting these two important spaces of reflection and remembrance.
Under the operational leadership of the Missouri Historical Society, which also operates the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park and the Library & Research Center on Skinker Boulevard, the exhibits at Soldiers Memorial relate St. Louisans’ stories of service in their own words through oral histories, archival materials, and firsthand accounts. Also featured are hundreds of artifacts, many of which have never been displayed before.
Whether you have a connection to or interest in military history—or just simply enjoy learning about St. Louis—there’s something to discover when you find yourself here at the revitalized Soldiers Memorial Military Museum.