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Lantern Festival
May 26 through August 19, 2012

The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis will host an international exhibition of 26 larger-than-life, lighted works of art from Zigong, 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 is the first of its kind and size in the United States, offering visitors a unique opportunity to witness a spectacle rarely staged outside of Asia.


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News Release [PDF]

Fact Sheets
Lantern Sets [PDF]
Flora of China
Chinese Garden

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Visitor Info

May 26 through August 19, 2012
View the art by day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Experience the illuminated magic by night, Thursday through Sunday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. (last entry at 9 p.m.) Note: special evening exhibition rates apply

Special exhibition admission rates will apply during 2012 Lantern Festival evenings, Thursdays through Sundays from 6 to 10 p.m. Details TBA.

There is no extra charge to view the works of art by day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Missouri Botanical Garden general admission is $8; St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon. Children ages 12 and under and Garden members are free. More info.

Tickets will be available for advance purchase on this page in the months preceding the exhibition.

Advance group bookings of 15 or more receive discounted admission rates; contact the Tourism Department at 1-800-332-1286 or tourism@mobot.org.


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