The National Blues Museum recently opened in St. Louis, adding yet another innovative event space to a long list of trendy spots for groups meeting in the area. Here are 5 St. Louis spaces for meeting planners to keep on their radar when booking this midwestern city.
Groups can meet and mingle amid some of the museum’s galleries, which focus on the history of blues music and its influence on American culture. Or they can experience the blues for themselves by watching live music in the venue’s auditorium. Sugarfire Smokehouse can also provide catering for groups looking to sample some local barbecue.
The Butterfly House at the Missouri Botanical Garden in Faust Park gives groups the opportunity to meet outside in a native butterfly garden. The Lakeside Terrace seats up to 150 attendees, while the Monsanto Pavilion can seat up to 120—both of which are beautifully illuminated at night.
3. City Museum
The multi-story playhouse takes attendees on an exploration of slides, caves, dance floors and even a rooftop Ferris wheel. It houses four event venues, including the First Floor & Mezzanine and its 5,000-gallon aquarium, and the Cabin Inn and Patio, a 100-plus-year-old rustic cabin for up to 60 attendees.
Opened in 2014, the 100,000-sf venue can accommodate up to 5,000 attendees in this sports-anchored dining and entertainment district located next to Busch Stadium. Five stages, the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, a mechanical bull and the Bud Deck and AT&T Rooftop Stadium are just the beginning of some of its offerings.
The city’s famous 630-ft Gateway Arch represents the Gateway to the West. Its underground Museum of Westward Expansion and the Old Courthouse rotunda are available for private events for groups looking to take in some St. Louis history. Meeting planners can even organize an event aboard one of the Gateway Arch Riverboats to see the skyline from the Mississippi River.