Have you ever wondered what stories a house could tell if the walls could talk?
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 present, the brick house is the centerpiece of a series of dynamic stories that include attorney Roswell Field, who became the advocate in Dred and Harriet Scott’s quest for freedom, poet Eugene Field, whose verses captivated boys and girls across the country, and school children, whose pennies helped saved the house from the wrecking ball.
Detachable collars and cuffs, a doll house, inkwells, historic toys, as well as bottles excavated from the sites are some of the objects that help tell stories of compassion, resilience, and generosity that catapulted this simple brick house into a historic landmark and now a 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 games base on baseball greats like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, pinball’s predecessor, baseball cards from unlikely sources, and a few games made right here in St. Louis. Let’s Play Ball! is sure to be a home run for the whole family.
Note: This exhibit is on the third floor of the historic house, which is not handicap accessible.
Extended by Popular Demand!
Holding Court: The Nobility of the Liberty of London Collection
October 6, 2018 – February 16, 2019
Hear Ye, Hear Ye the Field House Museum requests the honor of your presence at Holding Court: The Nobility of the Liberty of London Doll Collection. Offered by London department store Liberty & Co., these small cloth souvenir dolls, dating from the late 1930s to the late 1950s, came to be known as “Liberty of London Dolls.” Take in the exquisite detail and hand-crafted elements of over 125 of these beautifully made dolls while exploring the story of their makers, distributors, and Liberty & Co.
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 Table invites you into the culture of dining in nineteenth-century St. Louis by answering questions like where families such as the Fields bought their china and how they prepared for formal dining, surely proving a feast of information that every successful Victorian host or hostess ought to know.
Did you know that the Eugene Field Library has exhibits too?
Upcoming Museum Exhibits
Foundations of Freedom
Coming February 2, 2019 – January 31, 2020
The momentous story of Dred and Harriet Scott’s fight for freedom is one of enduring strength, seemingly triumphant injustice, and rippling effects. Foundations of Freedom follows the landmark case on its journey to the United States Supreme Court with attention to slavery in Missouri, freedom suits, the contributions of the attorney for the Scott family, Roswell Field, and the rise of national discussions on slavery and citizenship. Step into the shoes of the Scotts, Roswell Field, and countless others who fought for freedom despite its unpopularity, in Field’s home that stood just blocks away from the action.
This exhibit is sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council (MHC). The MHC is the only state-wide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.
The Wonderful World of Collecting: The Disneyana of Don & Shirley Zork
Coming February 16, 2019 – August 18, 2018
Step into the wonderful world of all things Disneyana when you visit this exquisite exhibit! Explore the different types of collectibles from the 1930s through the 1990s.
Famous Women of Saint Louis – Mini Exhibit
Coming March – September 2019
What does the founder of the first public kindergarten, an American-born French entertainer, and a university chancellor all have in common? They are all women from St. Louis who had an influential impact on history. Delve into the stories of these extraordinary women, from Susan Blow to Josephine Baker, when you see our mini-exhibit Famous Women of Saint Louis.
Coming September 2019 – March 2020
Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Finishing Touches will go beyond clothing and explore the accessories that completed a look during the 1800s and early 1900s.
A woman or gentleman of status was not ready to be seen in public until hats, gloves, rings, fans, etc. were added. Not only were accessories expected to be in place to complete an outfit, but could also be used as tools for communication. Discover the history of fashion accessories and St. Louis fashion within the Garment District when you tour this upcoming exhibit.