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Soldiers Memorial Museum to Unveil $30 Million Renovation

Thanks to the generosity of anonymous donors, Downtown St. Louis’ Soldiers Memorial (1315 Chestnut St.) recently received a $30 million revitalization—the results of which will be unveiled at the museum’s reopening this Saturday, November 3rd.

The Missouri Historical Society (MHS), which operates the Missouri History Museum and the Library & Research Center, took the lead at Soldiers Memorial in 2015 in a public-private partnership with the City of St. Louis. The organization, along with Mackey Mitchell Architects, began the renovation process in 2016. The goal of this large-scale transformation was to maintain the iconic building and update the museum’s exhibits, including doubling the amount of exhibit space.

The newly-renovated Soldiers Memorial will feature two new exhibits:

WWI: St. Louis and the Great War

From uniforms to message capsules, this exhibit brings the stories of St. Louis’ impact on WWI to life. The exhibit will stay open through July 1, 2020 and will include more than 200 artifacts.

Women’s Army Corps service jacket (left) and hospital duty uniform (right)

St. Louis in Service

With interactive media elements and diverse storytelling, St. Louis in Service puts a modern touch on a beloved exhibit. The ongoing installation will explore major U.S. conflicts through the lens of the Gateway City with nearly 300 artifacts.

The full cenotaph at Soldiers Memorial Military Museum

Soldiers Memorial reopens on Saturday, November 3rd at a free, public event complete with food trucks, a live concert honoring veterans, a formal ceremony and more. Following the service, St. Louisans can tour the new spaces. During part of the event, the U.S. Postal Service will also hold a special stamp cancellation event honoring the reopening. Additionally, the first 5,000 attendees will take home a commemorative pin. Details about the reopening can be found on the museum’s website.