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Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is the most comprehensive traveling exhibition ever created on America’s most popular sport. This 6,000 square-foot exhibition includes more than 200 football artifacts, rare photos, and one-of-a-kind documents from the Pro Football Hall of Fame collections, many of which have never been seen outside of the Hall of Fame. Gridiron Glory will be on display at the Missouri History Museum May 25 - Sept. 3, 2013.

This is the first in a series of videos peeking behind the scenes of the making of the Missouri History Museum's upcoming exhibit, 250 in 250. In this video, Conservator Linda Landry shares her approach to one artifact under consideration for the 50 Objects section. It is a glimpse into one of the essential—but often unseen—steps in the exhibit-making process. Celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis! www.historyhappen...

Annie Malone, the country's first African American millionaire, and William Carr Lane, St. Louis's first mayor, are just 2 of the 260 people in consideration for the 250 in 250 exhibit. As the Missouri History Museum prepares its 250 in 250 exhibit to commemorate the 250th anniversary of St. Louis, we are taking our readers behind the scenes of the yearlong exhibit-making process. Learn more: historyhappensher...

The James S. McDonnell Planetarium celebrates 50 years. The Science Center is setting up special Memory Stations at the Planetarium for you to share photos, memories, and stories of the landmark: 6–9 pm on Feb 1; 12–3 pm on Feb 18; and 6–9 pm on March 1. You can also email stories & photos to mailto:memories@s.... At the Missouri History Museum we believe it is important to include personal stories in history. We are happy to see that the Science Center feels the same way regarding its own history.

Film preservationist Kelly Kreft dons protective gear before opening a canister suspected of containing nitrate film. Learn more about the Missouri History Museum's work to preserve the historical films in its archives: historyhappensher....

Film cans in the Missouri History Museum’s archives require a professional film archivist or qualified preservationist to identify, document, repair and conserve their contents. Unfortunately, the earliest films were often made with nitrate. Nitrate is a highly flammable compound, which can be explosive. A film can must be loaded onto a fireproof cart and taken outside as a precaution before the film canister can be opened and examined. Learn more: historyhappensher...

St. Louis will turn 250 years old in 2014, and the Missouri History Museum is planning an exhibit to commemorate the anniversary. We will tell 250 years of St. Louis history through 50 people, 50 places, 50 moments, 50 images, and 50 objects. Our exhibit commemorating St. Louis’ 250th anniversary will open in February of 2014. Over the next 14 months, you can follow every step of the process on our blog Historyhappensher....

Cat House at the St. Louis Zoo after a snowfall.

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee's new epic "Life of Pi" showcases the relationship between a teenage Indian boy and a Bengal tiger. But in reality, the predators are under increasing threat from humans. Poaching remains a tremendous danger for the remaining feline population, with rising demand for tiger parts from East Asia, especially China where tiger bone is used in traditional medicines, experts say.

The #wartypigs at the Saint Louis Zoo were a little stumped by their new enrichment item, but they soon became nosy investigators.

While researching Civil War documents, archivist Dennis Northcott came across dozens of letters describing the plight of the 55th Massachusetts infantry, the group of African American soldiers depicted in the 1989 Oscar-winning movie Glory. Watch the video to learn more and to hear an excerpt from one of the letters. Missouri History Museum

View of the Pageant and Masque crowd at the top of Art Hill. St. Louis Art Museum in the background. (1914) ©Missouri History Museum

Bird Cage Repairs in Forest Park Zoo, 13 February 1934. ©Missouri History Museum

Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon at the Missouri History Museum October 19, 2012 through January 21, 2013.

River otters meet Rubber Ducky at Saint Louis Zoo

View of the construction on the Palace of Art (St. Louis Art Museum) at the 1904 World's Fair site, Spring 1903.

View of construction of the Palace of Art (St. Louis Art Museum) from the southwest at the 1904 World's Fair site, 18 December 1903.

The Library and Resource Center, which houses the Missouri History Museum's collections. Shelving at one of the LRC's storerooms.

The Library and Resource Center, which houses the Missouri History Museum's collections.

St. Louis Zoo. Birdcage. 23 September 1967.

St. Louis Zoo. Train passing northeast entrance. 23 September 1967.

United Hebrew Temple, 225 South Skinker Boulevard. (1927) Today, this is the Missouri History Museum's Library and Research Center.

French Section including the Manufacture National Beauvais in the Palace of Fine Arts (St. Louis Art Museum) at the 1904 World's Fair.

St. Louis Art Museum. Art Hill, Forest Park, 19 April 1965.

Primate house at zoo in Forest Park. (1928)