An Amazing Playground for Kids and Adults

We visited St. Louis in 2010 for a wedding. We had a little bit of time for sightseeing. After a bit of research we decided that one of our top priorities (after the Gateway Arch) was the City Museum. A quick look at their website might give you an idea as to why. Let their about page speak for itself:

“Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculptor and serial entrepreneur, the museum opened for visitors in 1997 to the riotous approval of young and old alike.”

If that doesn’t sound awesome, I really don’t know what does.

And after our visit, we were right there with everyone’s “riotous approval.”


Walking up to the museum’s entrance, you first see that the wall is a dragon.


They use stuff they have found, and part of it is an architectural museum with very cool elements like this column base.



This is the sign from a fur company.



Here is a giant, working pencil (you probably couldn’t pick it up though) which was located in the skateless skate park.



Here’s a cool fountain.



Part of the museum is outdoors and includes some airplanes, as you can see.



The inside is at times crazily decorated and a bit disorienting.



Here you can see a staircase in a mouth of some kind and the general hecticness of the place.



This is basically a mouse wheel for humans.



Outside there’s also a giant ball pit.

The City Museum is a great place to be or feel young. You can run around exploring for hours and probably not see everything. We saw families, kids, and other adults like us. Some things are set aside for kids and some passageways are just too small for adults anyway. Really, the smaller you are, the more you are going to be able to see.

There’s also an aquarium inside, but it cost extra so we just peeked in a little from what you can see from other parts.

The City Museum is wacky and a little hard to describe, but it has been one of my favorite museums, ever. Please go there if you are in St. Louis!

The opening hours are Wednesday and Thursday 9-5, Friday and Saturday 9 to midnight, and Sunday 11-5 (so it’s closed Monday and Tuesday). After 5 on Friday and Saturday it is more geared towards adults, as anyone under 18 has to be adult-accompanied. Admission is $12 or $10 after 5 on Friday and Saturday. There are a couple of bars and restaurants inside if you get hungry or thirsty.

Would you go to the City Museum?

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