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Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site

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Thomas Hart Benton's life is present in both his home and his paintings, and both are preserved at Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site. A trip to the home and studio of the renowned painter, sculptor, lecturer and writer offers a glimpse into how the talented Benton lived and worked. Benton converted half of the carriage house into his art studio, which remains as he left it. Visitors can still see coffee cans full of paintbrushes, numerous paints, and a stretched canvas waiting to be transformed into another of his masterpieces. Thomas Hart Benton died in his studio in 1975. 

Park Hours

April through October:

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday and Thursday through Saturday
  • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday
  • The site is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

November through March:

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday and Thursday through Saturday
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday
  • The site is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days.
Name that Trail: This trail is designed especially for people with visual or physical disabilities and is designated as a National Recreation Trail. The trail passes by a quarry pond, which now supports a variety of animal life. A short spur off of the trail takes hikers to the top of the granite outcrop, where they can explore the maze of giant elephant rocks. A second spur brings you to a point overlooking an old quarry site, where Missouri red granite was quarried from the 1860s through the early 1900s. Don’t know the answer? Get your copy of Trails of Missouri State Parks and read more about this and other exciting trails in Missouri state parks and historic sites at mostateparks.com.