Not only is the art museum in St. Louis free, but you can sit and stare at Monet’s “Water Lillies” like you’re the edgiest person in the world.
The structure was built for the 1904 World’s Fair. They used an Ohio artist to give the campus that “look”. You know, the one where if you turned off all electricity, you could light the place with candlelight and be transported to a classic era.
To add to that flavor, King Louis IX greets you on horseback. Well, he’s a statue but that’s no bother.
I guess what really tugs at my mind is that the museum is free and its home to modern art relics by Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh. Is it strange to think that I didn’t realize this city could handle those names? I thought they were reserved for Europe or maybe New York City.
Not even the art museum in Seattle or Spokane is free. Nor do they have the Roman inspiration in architecture. Somebody is getting the shaft - I wonder who?
We hastened through the museum because there was only 20 minutes until closing. A secret hope blossomed that we’d be locked inside overnight, but something tells me that would become a sensationalized news story instead of the romantic escapade I was looking for.