Laumeier tours are interactive and designed to engage participants in the relationship between art and nature. Themed tours provide specific perspective on Laumeier’s Permanent Collection to enhance the visitor experience.
Tours are led by trained Laumeier Docents and last approximately one hour. Participants are advised to dress appropriately for the season and wear comfortable shoes for walking on uneven pathways. All tours meet in the Public Plaza outside the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center.
Please call 314.615.5281 to schedule or register for a paid tour.
Early Memory Loss Tours
Participants, along with a care partner, enjoy a one-hour interactive, themed tour. Tours are led by Laumeier Docents who have been trained by the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis and can be tailored to fit all participants' needs and abilities. Participants stand and walk up to 45 minutes; tour pathways are wheelchair- and walker-accessible (hats and sunglasses are strongly recommended). Registration fee includes one care partner or support person with one participant.
Adult Audiences / Select Fourth Wednesdays, May–October / 1:00 p.m. / $10
June 28 / July 26 / September 27 / October 25
June 28: Way Field
July 26: Museum Lawn
September 27: Northern Grove
October 25: Children's Sculpture Garden
SCHOOL + COMMUNITY GROUP TOURS
Group Walking Tours are a great way to enjoy contemporary art and the natural environment at Laumeier! Group Walking Tours last approximately one hour, must be reserved at least three weeks in advance and can be tailored to fit specific needs and interests. Maximum tour size is 150 participants.
FREE WALKING + STROLLER TOURS
Laumeier offers FREE Walking Tours on the first Sunday of each month, May–October, at 2:00 p.m. and FREE Morning Stroller Tours on the third Thursday of each month, May–October, at 10:00 a.m. NEW THIS YEAR!, Laumeier offers FREE Evening Stroller Tours on select third Thursdays, May–October, at 6:00 p.m. Please note, strollers are not provided.
Also new this year, Laumeier offers FREE Member Tours for Laumeier Members only on the first Saturday of each month, June–August, at 2:00 p.m. All tours meet in the Public Plaza outside the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center.
ART + NATURE GUIDE
Laumeier has a unique capacity to blend art, play and science through both its guided programs and independent experiences for visitors. In 2014, Laumeier received a PNC Arts Alive grant in support of our Art + Nature programs, including the development of an interactive Art + Nature Guide for the Park that integrates learning about wildlife, the environment and science with art education and makes connections between the natural environment and the artworks in the Park.
Nature Trail Scavenger Hunt
In 2013, Laumeier's In-Residence: Environmental Historian Dr. Jenny Price, originally from St. Louis, developed an "alternative" Nature Trail at Laumeier to highlight the infrastructure put into place as part of our wresting the land away from its functional status as a watershed for the Meramec and Mississippi Rivers. Price picked out such un-touristic sites as a fallen tree, an electric box and a bench overlooking invasive honeysuckle as stops on her “nature” tour.
Site/Sound Audio Tour
In 2012, Laumeier's In-Residence: Composer Eric Hall created Site/Sound, a compilation of sound pieces created by regional musicians, bands, sound artists and producers. Each artist created an aural portrait of one of Laumeier’s sculptures in the Permanent Collection either as a reaction to, in conversation with or as an extension of the work via the medium of sound.
LAUMEIER TRAIL DISTANCES + WALKING TIMES
Art Hike Trail: 0.77 miles / 45 minutes
Central Pathway: 0.64 miles / 25 minutes
Western Woodland Trail: 0.15 miles / 10 minutes
Emerson Spring House Trail
30 / 30 Hikes Program
St. Louis County Parks offers a 30 / 30 Hikes Program which designates 30 trails located across the St. Louis County area that each take approximately 30 minutes to complete. At the beginning of every trail, hikers will find a 30 / 30 Hike sign that corresponds with a free map. These maps highlight the suggested 30-minute route and mileage.
St. Louis County Parks also offers a punch card available online and at all six Recreation Complexes, Faust Park and Laumeier Sculpture Park. Be sure to punch the card at the 30 / 30 Hike signs at the beginning of every trail. Once all 30 are completed, exchange the punch card for a prize!
By the end of your journey, you will have completed 15 hours of exercise and enjoyed 55 miles of St. Louis County Parks! Please call 314.615.8822 for more information.
2017 Group Walking Tour PRICes
$60 flat, groups of 12 or fewer
$5 per person, groups of 12 or more
Participation fee is charged for ages 4 and up.
Receive one complimentary admission for every 10 participants!
2017 FREE WALKING TOUR DATES
All Ages / First Sundays, May–October / 2:00 p.m. / FREE
May 7 / June 4 / July 2 / August 6 / September 3 / October 1
2017 FREE Stroller Tour DATES
All Ages / Third Thursdays, May–October / 10:00 a.m. / 6:00 p.m. / FREE
May 18 / June 15 / July 20 / August 17 / September 21 / October 19