City Museum, Saint Louis

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Address: 750 N 16th St, St Louis, MO 63103, United States

Phone: +1-3142312489

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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Long walks, longer lectures and maintaining decorum, while calmly taking in the knowledge of the city around you.. is that what comes to you mind when you think of a museum? In the City Museum of St. Louis, it’s more about crawling through tunnels, climbing up ladders and learning about the city around you while you’re literally up to your knees in parts of it! This museum, in a style that’s unique and refreshing, mixes the fun of a theme park with the secrets of St. Louis.

Artist Bob Cassilly founded the museum, converting a shoe company into a quirky 600,000 feet museum topped with a Ferris wheel, which opened to the public in 1997. Cassilly and is group of artisans collected building material from all around the city and created each and every exhibit, resulting in an eclectic combination of a children’s playground, a funhouse and a surrealistic pavilion. This architectural marvel was created according to the founders dream that children and adults alike could come to the museum and be filled with amazement at real objects from the city. “City Museum makes you want to know,” said Cassilly. “The point is not to learn every fact, but to say, ‘Wow, that’s wonderful.’ And if it’s wonderful, it’s worth preserving.”

  • Walk into the first floor and through a humungous model of a Bowhead Whale and enter a series of tunnels hidden up in the ceiling. To enter these, you can either walk through a giant slinky or travel through a tree house which leads into a giant hollowed out tree that leads the other side of the floor.
  • The most popular feature of the museum is one the first floor, the Enchanted Caves and Shoe Shafts. These run through the center of the Museum, and go all the way to the highest floor.
  • The second floor contains two 3,000-pound vault doors built in mid-19th-century St. Louis. Vintage opera statues, a ‘hamster wheel’, statues and around 1000 safety deposit boxes make up the displays in this room. This is also the home of the Shoelace Factory, where visitors can order custom made laces.
  • Also on the second floor is The World Aquarium is an animal exhibition and rehabilitation center, and exists as an NGO that isn’t actually a part of the museum itself. The Aquarium has its own charges and timings, separate from the City Museum.
  • The Third floor has a number of attractions: The Skateless Park, The Every Day Circus, which performs daily at the museum and does private parties as well, Art City where visitors can try their hand at a number of art techniques, Toddler Town; a section dedicated only to those 6 and under and Beatnik Bob's, which features the ‘World's Largest Underwear’. There’s also a collection of vintage video/pinball games, and the Architectural Museum and a Natural History museum. Interestingly, this floor is said to be haunted.
  • The roof has a small, old fashioned Ferris wheel which will thrill the kids for sure. A slide, giant rope swings and a now defunct school bus peeks out over the edge of the roof. Outside the building, is the museum’s newest attraction called the ‘Monstrocity’, filled with a castle’s turret, a fire engine, two Sabreliner 40 aircraft fuselages and two ball pits for kids to play in. 

City Museum Information

  • Visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a chaperone 18 years of age or older.
  • Proof of age may be required.
  • No food or drink is allowed to be brought into the museum.
  • City Museum is designed to be enjoyed by children of all ages. However, visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a chaperone 18 years of age or older.
  • The museum is handicap accessible, but there are areas that may be difficult to maneuver.
  • There is absolutely no smoking, (this includes E-Cigarettes and Vaporizers).
  • The City Museum experience can include a lot of sliding, climbing, swinging and crawling! Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Sandals/flip flops are strongly discouraged.
  • Regardless of style, footwear must be worn at all times.
  • You can keep your bags in the Coat Check located on the first floor behind the elevator.
  • Most attractions have 2 routes which is ideal for those less adventurous.

City Museum Ticket Prices

  • $12.00 plus tax, free for under 3’s.
  • The museum currently only accepts cash, visa, mastercard and discover.
  • Fri & Sat (arrive after 5pm): $10.00 plus tax.
  • The Roof: $5.00 plus tax.
  • Parking: $5.00 (cash only).
  • World Aquarium: +$7.95/ +6.00 after 5pm Friday and Saturday.
  • The roof top and the World Aquarium is available only with city museum general admission.
  • Groups of 15 or more: $8.00 plus tax.
  • City Museum does not accept walk in groups. Advance reservation required.

How To reach City Museum by Public Transport

  • There is a MetroLink station that stops nearby.
  • From the MetroLink station, catch the Delmar bus (Route #97 to the museum.

Restaurants Near City Museum

  • Rosalita’s Cantina (Mexican)
  • Lola
  • Bailey’s Range
  • Old Spaghetti Factory (Italian)

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  • This place is incredible! I've never been anywhere like it before. My wife and I took our 4 year old girl and 2 year old boy and all four of us had a blast. We were there for about 5 hours and loved every minute of it. Even the food/drink prices were good, which was hard to believe because they could probably jack-up their prices and get away with it since there aren't really any other options nearby. We'll definitely be going back soon.

  • This place is so much fun! I had a great time going through the “jungle gym”. I felt like a kid again! Get ready for a workout, your muscles will thank you!Try the 10 story slide and check out the gift shop. I bought some interesting goodies. If I’m ever in the area and have the time, I will most definitely come back. Great place for kids too!

  • The place is beyond stunning. Their is so much to do and explore. You could spend days here to see it all. The roof access pass is worth the extra money because they have so much up there you could spend one day up there looking and doing all of it. Our kids have such a great time. They have a ten story slide the winds in a tight circle in the middle of the building a Ferris wheel on the roof and so much more.

  • This place is AWESOME. We went here 3 years ago on a cross-country trip at my sister's suggestion. This year it was the top choice for all of my nephews and neice. It is seriously fun for ANY age and at a very resonance price. I would recommend, however, paying the price for the parking at the museum. Don't be tempted by the $2 or $5 lot. We did, and came back in the afternoon to our locks drilled out and all our stuff stolen. 2 other vans next to us had the same thing happen. I also recommend taking your valuables with you and renting a locker (I think it's only a dollar or something). Oh, and, they let you bring your own food in!

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  • Kid friendly and plenty to do for adults. Food and beverages readily available. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Old time architecture and all reused material add to the feeling of both days gone by with new age art and sculpture. Downtown location within walking distance of many of St Louis's other restaurants and attractions

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