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Although only 70 visionaries have been inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, the facility is far from an exclusive club. Its aim is to educate everyone on the importance of photographic history?and people certainly seem interested. In 2013, they donated more than $15,000 dollars through Kickstarter to help build the IPHF's new facility.

  • Size: 6,000 square feet of gallery and exhibition space dedicated to the works and equipment of more than 500 artists
  • Eye Catcher: an antique Edison Projecting Kinetoscope
  • Hidden Gems: alongside well-known works by the likes of Ansel Adams are those of Eadweard Muybridge the first to photograph a moving subject?a galloping horse
  • Don't Miss: the library, which houses every issue of Life Magazine published in this dimension
  • Permanent Mainstay: The Photographic Equipment Collection, which includes antique cameras, magic lanterns, and darkroom equipment
  • Visiting Exhibit: Portrait/Process?a collection of contemporary photos, iconic images, and even smartphone portraits that examine voyeurism and photographic approaches
  • Pro Tip: flash-free photography is allowed in galleries and certain exhibits
3415 Olive Street
St. Louis,
MO
US

Today's Groupon gives adventurous art-lovers a yearlong individual membership with all the perks, at the award-winning Contemporary Art Museum for $20. Get a membership to take advantage of the museum's most ambitious group show since its grand opening: For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn't there.

3750 Washington Blvd
Saint Louis,
MO
US

When it was first established in the early 1850s, the neighborhood known as Lucas Place was a piece of farmland on its way to becoming the first clearly defined wealthy suburb of St. Louis. Much has changed since then, as the city has expanded around the neighborhood and many of the elegant buildings have made way for more modern incarnations. One building, however, has largely stayed the same.

Built in 1851, the Campbell House was the home of renowned fur trader and businessman Robert Camp­bell and his family. The Campbells would continue to occupy the house until 1938, acquiring furniture, paintings, clothing, and other period artifacts to fill the house over the years. The family also took a detailed set of interior photographs in the 1880s that were only rediscovered in the late 20th century. These photographs would prove to be of great historical importance, as they formed the basis for a massive renovation project that would result in the opening of the Campbell House Museum.

Today, the Campbell House Museum attracts visitors from St. Louis and beyond, many of whom come to get a glimpse of what the city was like before modern conveniences such as electricity. The house retains many of the family's original possessions, as well as library books and state archives that offer a further glimpse into 19th-century American life.

1508 Locust St.
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Since 1971, World Aquarium has stuck to its not-for-profit mission to protect marine life and promote the public's understanding of the aquatic world through educational programs, exhibits, and research. The aquarium unsurprisingly favors a hands-on approach; visitors often get close enough to high-five the flippers, fins, or pincers of many of its more than 10,000 animals.

Tour guides wind through exhibits on sea and freshwater animals, showcasing creatures such as sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, and fish from rivers and lakes around the globe. While peering into the faithfully reconstructed habitats, visitors absorb valuable information on how to conserve water, protect aquatic resources, and peacefully resolve conflicts between Siamese fighting fish.

701 N 15th St, 2nd Fl
St. Louis,
MO
US

The tri-pronged value of the Triceratops tickets guarantees daytime admission—rain or shine or airborne toxic event—to the DinoQuest exhibit in the Missouri Botanical Garden's Climatron, a half-acre geodesic dome filled with pools and waterfalls, along with tropical rainforest florae and faunae. You'll also enjoy admission to the Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden, as well as the coordinated Jurassic Bugs exhibit at the Butterfly House. The Climatron and Children's Garden must be visited on the same day; when you redeem your Groupon at the Botanical Garden and Children’s Garden, you will receive a pass to the Butterfly House, which may be redeemed on a separate date from the first two exhibits.

4344 Shaw Boulevard
St. Louis,
MO
US

Getting in shape after giving birth can be difficult; taking care of the baby takes a lot of time and leaves bodies weary and sapped of energy. Stroller Strides understands these common struggles and has designed an exercise regimen with new mothers in mind. All you need to get started is you, your baby, and a stroller. The 60-minute classes, taught by specially trained instructors, usually take place outdoors and consist of a warm-up, a buggy-bandying power walk, and interval stations where participants do a variety of body-toning exercises. Instructors provide everyone with exercise tubing and, in the event of a fussy-baby episode, will show you exercises you can do with your baby.

1 Childrens Pl
Saint Louis,
MO
US