Friday, May 18, 2012

Chinese Lantern Festival at the Missouri Botanical Gardens

Almost a year after announcement, this exhibit finally opens at the Missouri Botanical Garden next week!  The Nenonen Family is chomping at the bits to explore the night exhibit...

 Per the MOBOT website: 

The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis will host an international exhibition of larger-than-life, lighted works of art from China in 2012.

"Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night" will attract visitors from throughout the country to experience one of China’s most treasured events and ancient traditions – the annual lantern festival.

Elaborate outdoor sets crafted of silk and steel will celebrate Chinese culture through bold color, dazzling light and striking design. The exhibition offers visitors a unique opportunity to witness a spectacle rarely staged outside of Asia.


May 26—August 19, 2012:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

May 31-July 29: Thursday through Sunday evenings: 6 to 10 p.m. (last entry at 9 p.m.)

August 1-19: Monday through Sunday evenings: 6 to 10 p.m. (last entry at 9 p.m.)


The exhibition is included with daytime Garden admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning May 29

Special evening exhibition rates apply on Thursday through Sunday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. (lanterns are lit at 8 p.m.):

$22 adults (ages 13 +)
$10 children (ages 3—12)
$15 Garden members
$5 Garden members' children (ages 3—12)
Free children ages 2 and under