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Welcome to the Campbell House Museum

CampbellHouseRobertCampbellBuilt in 1851, the first house in the ele­gant Lucas Place neigh­bor­hood, the Camp­bell House was the home of renowned fur trader and entre­pre­neur Robert Camp­bell and his fam­ily from 1854 until 1938. The museum con­tains hun­dreds of orig­i­nal Camp­bell pos­ses­sions includ­ing fur­ni­ture, paint­ings, cloth­ing, let­ters, car­riages and a unique set of inte­rior pho­tographs taken in the mid-1880s.

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The Camp­bell House Museum will be closed on Thanks­giv­ing Day
Thurs­day, Novem­ber 27, 2014.

October 24, 2014: CHM Featured as one of STL’s Best Halloween Spots

Any­one who has spent much time here over the years has heard some­thing — or, in a few cases, seen some­thing — that isn’t eas­ily explained, says CHM Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Andy Hahn. Click here to check out the inter­ac­tive tour of STL’s haunted spots.

Sept. 24, 2014: #drinkuptweetupSTL featured in St. Louis Magazine

Camp­bell House Museum and award-winning local blog Dis­tilled His­tory were fea­tured in St. Louis Mag­a­zine in advance of their mas­sively suc­cess­ful #drinkuptwee­t­up­STL event in Sep­tem­ber. Click here to read the arti­cle and learn more about Dis­tilled History’s author and the his­tory of CHM.

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Some of the most pop­u­lar imagery asso­ci­ated with Thanks­giv­ing is, of course, Pil­grims. But when we scroll back through his­tory, it was actu­ally Vic­to­ri­ans in New Eng­land who came up with most of the tra­di­tions we know and con­tinue to cel­e­brate today.

Some fun facts about America’s first cel­e­bra­tions of Thanksgiving:

  • The famous first cel­e­bra­tion took place in mid-October 1621 (not Novem­ber) and prob­a­bly lasted sev­eral days (which we wish was still the case).
  • The next Thanks­giv­ing, in 1623, was held in JULY (not Novem­ber).
  • The first offi­cially “pro­claimed” Thanks­giv­ing was held in Charlestown, Mass­a­chu­setts Bay Colony on June 29, 1676 (also not Novem­ber. See­ing a trend here?)

Obvi­ously there weren’t any hard and fast rules on when Thanks­giv­ing should be cel­e­brated. So how, you might ask, did we end up with a sched­uled Thanks­giv­ing on the fourth Thurs­day in November?

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Mon­day By Appoint­ment Only
Tues­day By Appoint­ment Only
Wednes­day 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Thurs­day 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Fri­day 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Sat­ur­day 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Sun­day 12 p.m. — 4 p.m.

Admis­sion and a guided tour is $8 per per­son, chil­dren 12 and under are free (group rates avail­able). Tours usu­ally last between 45 and 60 min­utes, the last tour each day begins at 3:30 p.m. Camp­bell House is open by appoint­ment only on Mon­days and Tuesdays.

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Free park­ing is avail­able on the YMCA lot adja­cent to the Museum, please see atten­dant BEFORE park­ing. Addi­tional Park­ing is avail­able adja­cent to the Museum at pub­lic park­ing meters ($1 for 60 min­utes) on both Locust and 15th streets. The meters are free on Sun­day.



Camp­bell House is located at the south­west cor­ner of 15th and Locust streets in down­town St. Louis, between the YMCA and the St. Louis Pub­lic Library.

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