Afterward, the Saint Louis School and Art Museum would move to occupy the building, leaving the newly established Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in the wake of its empty University location, but from whom the museum would loan much of its erstwhile collection. In the late years of the twentieth century’s first decade, the city arranged a municipal tax to support the new museum, and in 1912 an organizing board was established and took control of the museum as it separated from the Washington University and was rechristened the City Art Museum.
Almost half a century later the museum was still thriving and expanding its ample collection. In the 1950s the museum built on an expanded addition which housed the institution’s new auditorium and allowed for new film, performance, concert and lecture programming.
The creation of the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District in 1971 expanded the tax base for the original 1908-created funding tax to include the whole of St. Louis county, and the museum was thus renamed the Saint Louis Art Museum, the moniker it still bears to this day.
The museum’s second expansion of its Forest Park campus was decades in planning, starting in the late 1990s. When it finally opened in the summer of 2013, it saw more than 224,000 square feet of additional exhibition space and an underground garage.
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