Field House Museum

Field House Museum
634 South Broadway
314-421-4689

History:

In 1829, upon the death of Auguste Chouteau, one of the founders of St. Louis, the land where the Eugene Field House now stands was deeded to the City of St. Louis with revenues from the lease of the land earmarked for the support of the city schools. Sixteen years later, in 1845, with St. Louis still clustered close to the Mississippi River and its steamboat commerce, Edward Walsh leased the land from the school system and built 12 row houses known as Walsh's Row.

In 1850, Roswell Martin Field and his wife, Frances Maria Reed Field, leased the second unit from the south end, the family home until 1864.

In 1934, when Walsh's row was scheduled for demolition, Irving Dilliard wrote a spirited editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch decrying the destruction of Eugene Field's birthplace. Jesse Powell Henry and Carl Peyton Daniel, Sr. , formed a committee to save the house, and the Board of Education took possession, preserving that single unit of Walsh's Row.

In 1935 and 1936, during the "Great Depression," school children in the St. Louis Public Schools collected nearly $2,000 to help save the Eugene Field House. It was restored and opened as a museum in December of 1936, and to this day, school groups from the St. Louis City public schools are admitted free.


Upcoming Events at Field House Museum

Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Saturday, Aug 24, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Sunday, Aug 25, 2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Thursday, Aug 29, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Friday, Aug 30, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Sunday, Sep 1, 2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Thursday, Sep 5, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Friday, Sep 6, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Saturday, Sep 7, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Sunday, Sep 8, 2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Thursday, Sep 12, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Friday, Sep 13, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Sunday, Sep 15, 2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Friday, Sep 20, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Saturday, Sep 21, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Friday, Sep 27, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saint Louis, MO
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Saturday, Sep 28, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saint Louis, MO
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Exhibition - Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit

Sunday, Sep 29, 2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Saint Louis, MO
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Recent News

A Plate At The Table – Mini Exhibit At Field House Museum

A successful dinner party in the 1800s could mean the difference between a society sweetheart and a social pariah. From the clothing you wore to the setting of the table, a fine dinner was expected to follow proper etiquette to a tee. A Plate at the…

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Exhibition - Holding Court: The Nobility Of The Liberty Of London Doll Collection At Field House Museum

From Henry VIII and his six wives to the 1953 coronation set of Queen Elizabeth II, Holding Court will showcase many figures from British royalty created by the Liberty of London Company. Learn more about these amazing hand sewn dolls and the…

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Prominent Pieces: The Golden Age Of Board Games: Mini-Exhibit At Field House Museum

Come explore the fascinating ways that board games reflected the changing social and economic world during The Second Industrial Revolution. On display will be a selection of games from the museum’s collection ranging from 1850-1950.…

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Exhibition - From Plant To Pail: A Brief History Of Peanut Butter At Field House Museum

A tasty snack enjoyed by many, peanut butter is as American as apple pie. From sandwiches to soup, the iconic food has become a staple in pantries across the U.S. Did you know that peanut butter made its first big debut here in St. Louis at the 1904…

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Exhibition - Let’s Play Ball: Historic Games Of America’s Favorite Pastime At Field House Museum

From board games to bagatelle, Let’s Play Ball!: Historic Games of America’s Favorite Pastime shows how baseball has been played off the field for decades through the unique, vibrant, and artful collection of Mr. Ed Nickels. Come see…

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Exhibition - From Caricature to Celebration: A Brief History of African-American Dolls At Field House Museum

From Caricature to Celebration: A Brief History of African-American Dolls Toys are constant companions throughout childhood and beyond. Today’s children can find themselves represented in their toys, but this hasn’t always been the…

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Exhibition - What’s Past is Prologue: A House Brimming with Stories At Field House Museum

What’s Past is Prologue: A House Brimming with Stories Built more than 160 years ago, the Field House was once part of a row house, a get-away from the noise and smoke of the small metropolis of St. Louis. The embodiment of the past and…

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