Museum Exhibitions

Current Exhibit

Leafing Through History: The Plants That Make Paper 
June 14-October 27, 2019

Plants comprise 90% of what we use or make on a daily basis, and yet we overlook them or take them for granted regularly. One of the most important—and ubiquitous—plant products is paper. Paper has made an indelible impact on human history, particularly in writing, design, art, and the spread of information through books and newspapers.

In honor of the first anniversary (the paper anniversary!) of the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum reopening to the public at the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Leafing Through History exhibition is the Museum’s first interdisciplinary exhibition, which highlights the science, history, and art of paper and papermaking. 




Grateful thanks to Nancy and Kenneth Kranzberg for their support of the exhibition.

Special acknowledgments to lenders and collaborators James Lucas, Michael Powell, Megan Singleton, Mimi Phelan of Midland Paper, Dr. Shirley Graham, Greg Johnson of Johnson Paper, and the Campbell House Museum for their contributions to the exhibition.

Many thanks to the artists who have shared their work with the exhibition: Beth Johnson, Cekouat Léon, Isabella Myers, Jon Tucker, Nguyễn Quyết Tiến, Rob Snyder, Robert Lang, Shoko Nakamura, Shuki Kato, and Catherine Liu.

The Sachs Museum would also like to acknowledge a number of divisions of the Missouri Botanical Garden--Herbarium, William L. Brown Center for Excellence, Horticulture Division, Tower Grove House, Peter H. Raven Library, Education Division, and the Earthways Center--for sharing collections and expertise in the exhibition.

Past Exhibits

Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues on the Amache Archaeology Collection (April-May 2019)

In partnership with the St. Louis chapter of the Japanese America Citizens League (JACL), the Sachs Museum hosted this exhibit, which told the story of Japanese Americans imprisoned at the Amache Internment Camp in Southeastern Colorado during World War II and the gardens they created while detained. 

Colorado's tenth largest city during World War II was Amache, a one-mile square incarceration facility surrounded by barbed wire, guard towers, and the scrub of the High Plains.

Over the course of three years, over 10,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry lived there, yet their experience is muted in our national discourse. The objects in this exhibit, fragments of those uprooted lives, encourage dialogue about this history.

On May 5th, exhibit curator Dr. Bonnie Clark gave a special presentation on the archaeology of gardens and gardeners at Amache; many of the inhabitants of the internment camp were displaced from farming communities and had a special talent for coaxing life even from the stubborn soil of the high plains. The exhibition featured 9 panels with text and photos, as well as 7 artifacts found during the archaeological dig on the camp.

Hours and Admission

A visit to the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum is included with Garden admission. The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Special Exhibit on Display at Lambert Airport

An exhibit from the Missouri Botanical Garden is now on display at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. 

Plants and People: The Collections of the Missouri Botanical Garden features artifacts from around the world that tell the story of the interchange between plants and people. The objects also tell the story of the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the world’s leading centers for botanical exploration, plant science and conservation.