Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum

The scientific heart of the Garden for more than a century before closing to the public in 1982, Henry Shaw's original museum has reopened following a painstaking restoration and offers a unique opportunity to view rarely seen art, artifacts, and more collected over the last 160 years. 
 

Shaw's Legacy

The 7000-square-foot Museum is located in the Garden's Victorian District. The Georgian structure was built at Shaw’s direction according to plans by prominent St. Louis architect George I. Barnett, for the purpose of housing the Garden’s original library, herbarium and natural history specimens.  

In the years after Henry Shaw's death on August 25, 1889, the original library and museum served a number of functions. Most uniquely, immediately following Shaw’s death, the Museum was the venue where his body lay in state for public viewing. In subsequent years, it has also served as a research lab and a time-lapse photography lab. It has housed offices, a restaurant, board and staff meeting rooms and computer class rooms, and it served as the Garden’s main auditorium until the construction of the Lehmann Building in 1972.  

A New Leaf: Reimagining Henry Shaw's Museum

Follow along on the painstaking 18-month rehabilitation of the museum building in this HEC documentary. 

Current Exhibitions

New Caledonia
Through December 31
Discover some of the most interesting and highly threatened species of this Pacific botanical hotspot.

Painting Meadows with Delight
Through December 31
View selections from the Garden's extensive collection of artwork.

Some of Our Favorite Things
Through March 31
Explore the diverse ways that people use plants through a selection of artifacts from the Garden's growing biocultural collections.

Preserving the Past for the Future

Support the ongoing maintenance of the Sachs Museum.  

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