Bellefontaine Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri

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Our grounds are open to the public year round. Visit on your own, come for a tour, or attend a special event.

Hours, Directions, and Visitor Etiquette

Visiting hours are 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. everyday of the year, including weekends and holidays. The cemetery office is open for inquiries daily until 4:30. Business hours are 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment.

From I-70, take Exit 245B – West Florissant Avenue. Proceed northwest on West Florissant for 0.7 miles to the cemetery’s main entrance. It is on the right, just after Shreve and before Kingshighway. For specific directions, click here.

Bellefontaine Cemetery is a sacred place. Visitors are asked to behave in a quiet and reverent manner.

  • Remember that we are an active cemetery; please avoid disturbing a graveside or chapel service and family members that are visiting their loved ones.
  • Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Pets are welcomed but must be on a leash.
  • Firearms are prohibited with the exception of the Military Honor Guard and re-enactors.
  • Visitors and lot owners are requested to leave comments and inquiries at the cemetery office.
  • Soliciting within the cemetery is prohibited.

Tours

Bellefontaine has updated the tour offerings, which are in effect as of May 1, 2014.

With the exception of the private bus tour, all tours are free.  Donations made to the Friends of Bellefontaine Cemetery are accepted.

Free Public Tour

Free public tours will be held the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 – 12:00.  The bus tour will be led by a Master Guide.  Please arrive 15 minutes early.

Those interested must sign up no later than the Wednesday prior to the tour. Please call our office at 314-381-0750.

Free Walking Tour ~ NEW!

Beginning in the spring of 2014, we now offer Master Guide-led walking tours.  The tour is a three mile walk exploring the flora, fauna and history of the cemetery.  Reservations must be made in advance; and times and dates vary so please see our events calendar.  Please arrive 15 minutes early.

Private Bus Tour

Private, Master Guide-led bus tours can be arranged for a cost between $170 and $250. Cost is based upon whether a bus or trolley is reserved.  The tour must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance.  Maximum of 25 people.

Private Tour

A private Master Guide-led tour without a bus can also be scheduled.  The tour can be a walking tour or car caravan.  The tour must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance.  Maximum of 25 people.

Specialty Tours

Periodically throughout the year, we offer specialty tours such as Notable Women or Civil War.  Please see our events calendar for when these are available.

 

Educational Organizations

Please contact the office for additional information for school groups.

Contact our staff to schedule your visit.

Speakers

We have also developed a Speaker’s Bureau, with experts available, to discuss the cemetery’s history, architecture, horticulture, and about the many notable St. Louisans buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery. Speakers include Carol Ferring Shepley, author of the award-winning book, “Movers and Shakers, Scalawags and Suffragettes: Tales from Bellefontaine Cemetery.” Please contact us to inquire about arranging a speaking engagement.

Special Events Calendar

View our Events Calendar.

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