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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. 

Opening Spring 2022: Botanical Resonance: Plants and Sounds in the Garden

Opening May 2022 and on view through March 2023, the Sachs Museum at the Missouri Botanical Garden will host Botanical Resonance: Plants and Sounds in the Garden, exploring how plants create and cause sounds in our natural environment and cultural arenas. The exhibition will feature different plants used to create musical instruments in cultures around the world, as well as how different plants make unique sounds throughout their lifecycles in nature and in the Garden. For the species used to make instruments, many have become jeopardized and threatened in their native environments due to the increasing production and demand for the desirable plant material. Botanical Resonance includes three contemporary artists who have been commissioned to create artwork installations that interpret sound in their artworks in several different ways: soundwalks by Annika Kappner, an immersive quilt installation by Brooke Erin Goldstein, and an immersive sound installation by St. Louis artist Kevin Harris. 

A New Leaf: Reimagining Henry Shaw's Museum

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


Hours and Admission

The Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum is currently closed for installation of our 2022 exhibit, Botanical Resonance. 

Operating Hours (when exhibiting)
11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday | Admission is included with regular Garden admission.

Visit our past exhibit, Grafting the Grape, Virtually:
You can now take a 360-degree virtual tour of the Sachs Museum and its recent exhibit at this link.

Preserving the Past for the Future

Support the ongoing maintenance of the Sachs Museum.  

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