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Missouri History Museum, Soldiers Memorial closed through January due to COVID

Outside the Missouri History Museum

Exhibits carpenter Matt Speckhard has the patio to himself as he takes a lunch break at the Missouri History Museum on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.  (Robert Cohen,


Just hours after the St. Louis Art Museum announced it would closed its doors to the public for the rest of January, another Forest Park institution made the same decision.

The Missouri Historical Society sent a news release in the late afternoon saying its three entities — the Missouri History Museum, Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, and the MHS Library & Research Center — would close until Feb. 1 due to the surge of COVID cases in the St. Louis region.

All scheduled on-site programming was canceled. Some events in connection with the Martin Luther King holiday will now be held via Zoom. The MHS research center offers help online: Researchers may email for assistance. There is also an online contact form

The historical society said the reopening date is subject to change: 

"Recognizing that this is a rapidly evolving situation, all planned opening dates are subject to change. MHS leadership is closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 in the St. Louis region and the US and regularly reassessing plans and procedures."

COVID cases have overwhelmed hospitals in the area. 

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