MUSEUM 9/12: The Pulitzer Arts Foundation

One of my goals in 2015 was to visit 12 museums, and to share details about those visits with you. Museums are great places to hide, to socialize, to think, to listen to audiobooks or music and to wander. They are also places to collect inspiration, to ponder, to absorb, to grow and to learn. Hopefully one of my visits will inspire one of yours. 

MUSEUM VISIT 9/12: THE PULITZER ARTS FOUNDATION
DATE OF VISIT: 24 JULY 2015

I was in St. Louis, Missouri with my friend Katie for an impromptu weekend of fun. That weekend was by far a favorite experience for the summer of 2015 and is a testament to the fact that you can go on a weekend trip, spend very little money, and be highly entertained the whole time. Between our museum visits, a beautiful wedding, and checking off stops on the Roadside America app, we had quite a ball. Also, wine. 

Part of the mission of the museum is to 'inspire people to think differently about creativity in daily life.' I love that sentiment, and they really truly addressed this from multiple angles. 

The walls of the museum were so incredibly smooth. This is an outdoor wall.

The walls of the museum were so incredibly smooth. This is an outdoor wall.

Here's a view from a small sitting area outside. The Pulitzer offices are to the left and some of the museum space is to the right. That's water you're looking at. 

Here's a view from a small sitting area outside. The Pulitzer offices are to the left and some of the museum space is to the right. That's water you're looking at. 

I loved the exhibition guidebook as evidenced by the fact that months later, it's still on my coffee table. This guidebook was free, and exquisitely done. The paper stock is tactile and smooth, the binding is hand stitched, and careful attention was paid to the lettering and typesetting throughout. Of all the museums I have been to this year, this museum had a guidebook that was in and of itself an art piece. Such attention to detail here. 

Reading the guidebook in the cool air, relaxing on rock cushions.

Reading the guidebook in the cool air, relaxing on rock cushions.

Katie enjoying the view and the cushions.

Katie enjoying the view and the cushions.

The museum staff offered to take a picture of us. The staff were awesome.

The museum staff offered to take a picture of us. The staff were awesome.

It was a particularly hot weekend in St. Louis, and we took respite in the museum. It was cool, peaceful and an antidote to the summer heat. The museum had commissioned fabric (the pattern was pulled from the walls of the museum and other textures if I recall correctly) and then sewed into some cushions. You were invited to sit/lay on these rock cushions. There was a record player going, and abstract mobiles were slowly lulling into drowsy spins above us. It was a lovely experience. 

What a summer day! This is a view from one of the outdoor viewing areas. Each outdoor area had sculptures and beautiful architectural lines to look at.

What a summer day! This is a view from one of the outdoor viewing areas. Each outdoor area had sculptures and beautiful architectural lines to look at.

Photo by Katie of me walking through Joe, an outdoor sculpture. That's rust, and it's really lovely to look at up close.

Photo by Katie of me walking through Joe, an outdoor sculpture. That's rust, and it's really lovely to look at up close.

What's great about this museum is there are several outdoor areas as well.

I have to say, I really loved this museum. It was well done, the staff were top notch and it's free...with free parking.

Better yet, it's next door to the St. Louis Contemporary Museum of Art. 

THREE THINGS THAT REALLY STRUCK ME:


1. The Size. You can spend a very rejuvenative hour here and see everything. You can also spend 90 minutes, see everything, and have time for meandering and thinking. The smaller size is one of this museum's biggest assets. 
2. Free. This is a top tier museum in my opinion. It's free to visit, and there's free parking.  
3. Staff. The staff were engaging without being pushy, they were friendly and really made the experience great. 

NOTES
1. The museum is free!
2. It's next door to the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum so plan to do both. 
3. The museum completely closes periodically to install new exhibitions to be sure to check the website before going.

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Address: 3716 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: (314) 754-1850
Website: http://pulitzerarts.org