Built 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.
Join us at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 7 for the second installment of the CHM Lecture Series. Dr. Ruth Bohan, Professor of Art History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will examine the range and use of domestic textiles, principally in the Campbell House Parlor, to better understand and appreciate their contribution to the complex chain of associations responsible for elevating the mundane and utilitarian into the realm of the symbolic. Held in the CHM Library, admission to this special event is free but space is limited. Contact the Museum today for your reservation.
Add a dash of St. Louis history to your Valentine’s Day weekend! Join the Campbell House, one of America’s best-restored 19th century homes, as we celebrate the 211th birthday of fur trader, mountain man and St. Louis original Robert Campbell (1804–1879). Through Valentine’s Day Weekend, admission to the Museum will be just $4.00 for adults (kids 12 and under and CHM members are free). Click here for the full press release.
A story central to the history of the Campbell House and the City of St. Louis, especially as we recognize the historical contributions of African Americans during Black History Month, is that of slavery. Enslaved people served a variety of purposes in St. Louis homes, ranging from caring for babies to cooking and cleaning to working in fields on the city’s outskirts. Research over the past several years has revealed that Robert Campbell owned at least five slaves over a period of 16 years in the 1840s and 50s. The story of slavery at the Campbell House is a tricky one—there are a lot of unanswered questions, unclear records, and gaps in documentation. Here’s what we know:
- 1833: Virginia Campbell’s father, Hazlett Kyle, who had been a merchant and slaveholder in Raleigh, North Carolina, died when Virginia was 11 years old. He left an estate (which included his enslaved property) to be held for her until her 21st birthday.
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|Monday||Tours by Appointment|
|Tuesday||Tours by Appointment|
|Wednesday||10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.|
|Friday||10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||12:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.|
Admission and a guided tour is $8 per person, CHM Members and children 12 and under are free (group rates available).
1508 Locust Street
Saint Louis, Missouri 63103
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.
CHM 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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