Henry Shaw Birthday Celebration!
July 24, 2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden
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Join us in celebrating Garden founder Henry Shaw’s Birthday! Henry is 214 today and you get the gift! Garden admission is free for all visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Separate admission required for Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks.

Celebrate the occasion with family-friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Henry Shaw” himself will greet guests to the birthday bash – look for him strolling the Garden grounds, dressed in his familiar black top hat, alongside other actors dressed in vintage Victorian costumes. Have your silhouette portrait drawn by an artist, watch jugglers perform and witness the agility of a stilt walker. Be sure to catch the special puppetry performance by Bob Kramer’s Marionettes at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. outdoors on Spoehrer Plaza.

Enjoy the beauty of the Garden grounds and Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden, offering free July 24th admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a tour of Tower Grove House, Shaw’s original country estate, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stroll through the Lichtenstein Victorian District to see the bountiful summer blooms of the Kresko Victorian Garden, wind through the Kaeser Maze and visit Shaw’s mausoleum. Stop by the Children’s Garden to experience “A Missouri Adventure” in a 19th century prairie village.

In celebration of Henry Shaw’s birthday, visitors can experience a special treat – an exclusive peek inside the historic Museum Building. Docents will be on hand to answer questions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 24. Opened in 1859, the Museum Building originally housed the Garden’s mounted herbarium plant specimens and library, and is normally closed to the public.


Admission is free today! adults and children