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Museum Ready To Open Friday; VIPs Get Tour

The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center invited a small, intimate gathering of major donors to a special VIP preview last Thursday evening. The courtyard provided a perfect setting for the reception. 

Robert Wolk, president of the board of the501(c)(3) entity, said it was important to thank them and show them what our team, headed by curator Guy Darrough, has created.   

“We wanted to thank them and give them an opportunity to view this exciting project before we opened the doors to the public,” Wolk said. “We so appreciate their generous support. This project would never have come this far without them.”

And from their reactions, they were not disappointed. 

Small groups of ten or less were escorted on a tour. The first stop was the Hall of Giants. Soft, dim lighting washed over the Parasaurolophus to the Edmontosaurus transporting visitors back to a time when these creatures roamed not just the earth, but Ste. Genevieve as well. From there visitors got a glimpse of the in-progress Ancient Cultures room and the upstairs galleries.   

The museum’s first floor will open to the public Oct. 16 three days a week, Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow for the museum work to continue the rest of the week.

Entrance to the museum is through the courtyard. The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center is adhering to CDC guidelines. Social distancing, the wearing of masks and the use of hand sanitizers are required. 

For more information, visit or call 573-883-3466 (DINO).