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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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March 7, 2015: Textiles and the Culture of Refinement

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.

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February 13–15, 2015: CHM Celebrates Robert Campbell’s 211th Birthday!

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.

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Feb. 25, 2015 | Slavery: A Complicated Story

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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Hours

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). 

Plan Your Visit Today!

1508 Locust Street
Saint Louis, Mis­souri 63103

Parking

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.
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Directions

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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