Laumeier tours are interactive and designed to engage participants in exploring the relationship between art and nature. Themed tours provide specific perspective on Laumeier’s Permanent Collection to enhance the visitor experience.
Tours are led by trained Laumeier Docents and last approximately one hour. Participants are advised to dress appropriately for the season and wear comfortable shoes for walking on uneven pathways. All tours meet in the Public Plaza outside the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center.
Tours will not be offered the week of Laumeier's Annual Art Fair on Mother's Day weekend, beginning the Tuesday prior through the Tuesday following, due to Park closures and safety concerns.
NEW! Early Memory Loss Tours
Participants, along with a care partner, enjoy a one-hour interactive, themed tour. Tours are led by Laumeier Docents who have been trained by the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis. Participants stand and walk up to 45 minutes; tour pathways are wheelchair and walker-accessible (hats and sunglasses are strongly recommended). Registration fee includes one care partner or support person with one participant.
Please contact Liz Murphy, Public Programs Manager, at 314.615.5267 to register for an Early Memory Loss Tour.
Wednesday, August 31: The Museum Circle / 1:00–2:00 p.m. / $10
Wednesday, September 28: The Museum Lawn / 1:00–2:00 p.m. / $10
Wednesday, October 12: The Northern Grove / 1:00–2:00 p.m. / $10
SCHOOL + COMMUNITY GROUP TOURS
Group Walking Tours are a great way to enjoy contemporary art and the natural environment at Laumeier! Group Walking Tours last approximately one hour, must be reserved at least three weeks in advance and can be tailored to fit specific needs and interests. Please contact Liz Murphy, Public Programs Manager, at 314.615.5267 for more information or to schedule a paid tour. Maximum tour size is 150 participants.
FREE WALKING + STROLLER TOURS
Laumeier offers FREE Walking Tours on the first Sunday of each month, May–October, at 2:00 p.m. and FREE Stroller Tours on the third Thursday of each month, May–October, at 10:00 a.m. Please note, strollers are not provided. Please contact Liz Murphy, Public Programs Manager, at 314.615.5267 to reserve space for groups of ten or more in advance.
2016 FREE WALKING TOUR THEMES
May 1 / Gigi Scaria: Time
June 5 / Children’s Sculpture Garden
July 3 / The First Decade
August 7 / The Second Decade
September 4 / The Third Decade
October 2 / The Fourth Decade
2016 FREE STROLLER TOUR THEMES
May 19 / Let’s Talk Trees
June 16 / Into the Woods: Art + Nature at Laumeier
July 21 / SHE Created It: Women Artists at Laumeier
August 18 / Let’s Roll: The Importance of Movement
September 15 / What’s Out Front? Space!
October 20 / To the Whirligig + Back: Laumeier History
ART + NATURE GUIDE
Laumeier has a unique capacity to blend art, play and science through both its guided programs and independent experiences for visitors. In 2014, Laumeier received a PNC Arts Alive grant in support of our Art + Nature programs, including the development of an interactive Art + Nature Guide for the Park that integrates learning about wildlife, the environment and science with art education and makes connections between the natural environment and the artworks in the Park.
Nature Trail Scavenger Hunt
In 2013, Laumeier's In-Residence: Environmental Historian Dr. Jenny Price, originally from St. Louis, developed an "alternative" Nature Trail at Laumeier to highlight the infrastructure put into place as part of our wresting the land away from its functional status as a watershed for the Meramec and Mississippi Rivers. Price picked out such un-touristic sites as a fallen tree, an electric box, a bench overlooking invasive honeysuckle and the Museum Shop as stops on her “nature” tour.
Site/Sound Audio Tour
In 2012, Laumeier's In-Residence: Composer Eric Hall created Site/Sound, a compilation of sound pieces created by regional musicians, bands, sound artists and producers. Each artist created an aural portrait of one of Laumeier’s sculptures in the Permanent Collection either as a reaction to, in conversation with or as an extension of the work via the medium of sound.
2016 Group Walking Tour PRICes
$60 flat, groups of 12 or fewer
$5 per person, groups of 12 or more
Receive one complimentary admission for every 10 participants!
2016 FREE WALKING TOUR DATES
All Ages / First Sundays, May–October / 2:00–3:00 p.m. / FREE
May 1 / June 5 / July 3 / August 7 / September 4 / October 2
2016 FREE Stroller Tour DATES
All Ages / Third Thursdays, May–October / 10:00–11:00 a.m. / FREE
May 1 / June 5 / July 3 / August 7 / September 15 / October 20
BECOME A DOCENT
Please contact Liz Murphy, Public Programs Manager, at 314.615.5267 with questions or for more information about becoming a Laumeier Docent, including application materials.