Summer Fun Guide: 6 Things to Learn at St. Louis Museums

By Keaggy, Diane Toroian | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), May 19, 2013 | Go to article overview

Summer Fun Guide: 6 Things to Learn at St. Louis Museums


Keaggy, Diane Toroian, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Sure, history can be boring. But it can also be fun and relevant to our everyday lives or at least to your next game of Trivial Pursuit.

Here are a few cool things you could learn this summer at St. Louis institutions.

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St. Louis Science Center

Question: Name the ancient Egyptian artifact that provided 19th- century scholars the key to deciphering hieroglyphics.

Answer: The Rosetta StoneThe touring exhibit "Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science" features a replica of the Rosetta Stone as well as an authentic mummy, examples of tomb art and funerary artifacts.What"Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science" *WhenMay 25-Sept. 2 *WhereSt. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Avenue *How much$12, $10 for children *More info314-289-4400, slsc.org

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World Chess Hall of Fame

Question: In "Silence of the Lambs," what do two entomologists use in place of standard chess pieces?

Answer: BeetlesNo beetles are included in "Prized and Played: Highlights from the Jon Crumiller Collection." But this exhibit of 80 chess sets does feature a bishop reading a copy of "The Inferno," the Roman god Bacchus and soldiers from the British East India Company.What"Prized and Played: Highlights from the Jon Crumiller Collection" *WhenThrough Sept. 15 *WhereWorld Chess Hall of Fame, 4652 Maryland Avenue *How muchFree *More infoworldchesshof.org

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Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse

Question: Which president authorized the acquisition of the St. Louis riverfront to develop the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial?

Answer: Franklin D. RooseveltExhibits in the Old Courthouse and the Museum of Westward Expansion chronicle the development of the St. Louis riverfront and the city's role in American history. There are also walking tours of the Arch grounds and bike tours on the Riverfront Trail.WhenDaily *WhereGateway Arch and Old Courthouse, 11 North Fourth Street *How muchFree *More infogatewayarch.com

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Magic House

Question: Fairy tales "Cinderella" and "Little Red Riding Hood" both originated in what nation? …

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