Laumeier Sculpture Park - You'll Be Eyeing To Return

4.1 stars

Laumeier Sculpture Park Takeaway. Eyeball sculpture is one to remember. Fantastic way to spend a Saturday morning. It's free! Definitely better for adults than kids. There's a hiking trail that connects parts of the park. The park goes and goes and could be a couple of miles as a loop. Art exhibit at the entrance in a dedicated building with seating. Bathrooms in the front building. Even the parking lots have art exhibits. They closed the main building for our visit. Don't go in the freezing cold with kids.


Table Of Contents: Overview | Exhibits | Details & Info


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Details

  • 12580 Rott Rd, Sappington, MO 63127
  • (314) 615-5278
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Hours

DayHours
Monday7 AM–8 PM
Tuesday7 AM–8 PM
Wednesday7AM–8 PM
Thursday7 AM–8 PM
Friday7 AM–8 PM
Saturday7 AM–8 PM
Sunday7 AM–8 PM

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Laumeier Sculpture Park Summary

The Laumeier Sculpture Park is a fun visit with the family on a weekend morning or afternoon, but probably more fun for adults after the initial shock wears off.

It's right near Emmenegger Nature Park that we've been to a thousand times and Powder Valley, which I've driven past a thousand times.

Laumeier Sculpture Park main house

I've been to a couple of other sculpture parks across the country, including the mini one at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and this ranks up there for me. I would definitely recommend a visit at least once if you live in the area to see if it's your cup of tea.

Speaking of cup of tea, I'm surprised they didn't have a giant cup of tea sculpture. They did have:

Laumeier Sculpture Park iron

We also found a ten-minute hiking trail that connected the lower parking lot to part of the park. We did not make it to the South and Eastern parts of the park because it was freezing rain out.

The highlights for me were the eyeball, the art exhibit by Vaugn Davis Jr, and the "The Way."

The highlights for the kids were literally running from sculpture to sculpture without taking anything in, but they did stop for a while at the Eyeball and "The Way."

As an adult, taking in the whole park would take several hours and be a couple of miles to walk

Laumeier Sculpture Park backside

Laumeier Sculpture Park Things To Do

The path we took started at the main entrance. We parked in lot 1, which starts off with sculptures in the parking spots. There are letters above the spots to spot.

The kids got out of the car and ran to the maze in the Northern Grove while I checked out where the bathrooms' location.

We then walked past the museum to the Ferring Family Foundation Museum Lawn to start our whirlwind tour. It was drizzling and freezing out, so this tour didn't get to fully encapsulate everything the park offers, but we still had fun.

Laumeier Sculpture Park eye

The kids immediately started in a full sprint towards the Eyeball. It's at the center of the lawn and the "big" attraction. I have to admit, it's pretty awesome.

The sprint continued to the oversized tire, the oversized deer, and then to "The Way Up," which was under construction but still imposing. These sculptures don't "speak to me" the way contemporary art does, but I still get a sense of awe from the size and creativity.

Laumeier Sculpture Park way up

In general, you'll either love it or hate it.

From there, we sprinted down to the South Lawn. The Hawthorne Tree sculpture on the way down actually looked pretty different, close-up and far away, kind of trippy. After taking in the south lawn, we saw an entrance to a hiking path that the kids ran into before we could stop them.

Laumeier Sculpture Park deer

The path takes you back up from where you came and exits near the La Libellule, which looks like some kind of fairy.

Laumeier Sculpture Park wings

In the distance, we caught the big black thing before passing by the tree house.

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We made our way back up to the parking lot before stopping in the Aronson Fine Arts Center to get warm. Turned out that they had Vaugn Davis, Jr's work on display, which turned out to be a highlight for me. I could spend an hour with his work by myself.

Laumeier Sculpture Park eye

After that, it was back into the car where we had some snacks, and I got to take stock of the kids' favorite things which were the Eyeball, Maze, and "Way Up."

Laumeier Sculpture Park wings

Laumeier Sculpture Park Details And Info

One huge perk of the sculpture park - it's free! These are the kinds of places that you start to take for granted living in St. Louis. For some reason, the Zoo, Science Center, Art Museum, everything it seems, is free.

Laumeier Sculpture Park maze

My son came here on a field trip with his camp the last couple of years, so the overall place is very kid-friendly, however, they did seem to get bored very quickly. After running around, they were kind of over it after 20-30 minutes. It didn't help that it was freezing outside, but they would have been done anyway.

Laumeier Sculpture Park deer

I could have hung out for hours, assuming I could feel my toes.

There are bathrooms in the Fine Arts Center and in the dedicated bathrooms at the front. The Kranzberg Education Lab didn't look open when we were there

Laumeier Sculpture Park art

Hours

The Laumeier Sculpture Park is open from 7 a.m. until 30 minutes past sunset. The Park is free and open to the public year-round, with the exception of special events.

The entire Park is closed to the general public on the Thursday-Sunday of Art Fair weekend in May and the Saturday of Laumeier After Dark.

The Aronson Fine Arts Center + Whitaker Foundation Gallery is open Wednesday - Friday from 12-5 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Center + Gallery will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve.

Parking At The Laumeier Sculpture Park

Laumeier Sculpture Park parking

There's a ton of parking, and it wasn't a problem for us as we were the only ones there. I could see you maybe having to figure out which of the six parking lots to use on a more busy day or during the festival.

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