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If you are looking for the one thing that you absolutely MUST do when you visit St. Louis then look no further than the City Museum. This was one of the best highlights of our visit to the city and is one of the places I most look forward to going back to visit.Â There is so much to see and do you could easily spend an entire day exploring, creating and discovering at the City Museum.
The City Museum is located in a 600,000 square foot former International Shoe Â Company building. It is a delightful mix of fun house, surrealistic pavilion, children’s playground, art studio, and architectural wonders made out of fun unique objects.
TheÂ museum boasts features such as old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile, and even two abandoned planes!Â Started by internationally acclaimed artist, Bob Cassilly, the museum opened to the public in 1997 and has been acclaimed as one of the best museums by both young and old.
The museum consists of three floors, a mezzanine, roof top attractions and outdoor playground. The roof top is definitely a highlight and is only open during the summer.
Climbing through structures, playing piano, watching a circus performance, cutting snowflakes, creating art, and oh so much more happen at the City Museum. Of course, my favorite things was visiting with the snowflake lady. She has created numerous snowflake pattern books. There are no boring snowflakes in the snowflake room. You’ll cut tigers, lions, and bears oh my. There’s guitars and violins and flowers and dragons and so much more. The snowflake lady is AWESOME and so creative.
Each floor of the museum offers something unique and different that you just don’t find at other museums. The second floor there is a shoelace factory and aquarium, the third floor offers the art room, circus, tiny railroad and more. The rooftop has a bus, ferris wheel, giant preying mantis to name a few. The outdoor playground lets you climb high and into an airplane. How cool is that!
(ages 3 years and up)
$12.00Â plus tax
Fri & Sat arrive after 5pm, just $10.00Â plus tax
(The museum currently only accepts cash, visa, mastercard and discover)
(Is open for the season)
+$5.00Â plus tax
World Aquarium is available onlyÂ with CITY MUSEUM admission
+$7.95 or +6.00 after 5pm Friday and Saturday.
CITY MUSEUM SUMMER HOURS
Mon â€“ Thurs 9am till 5pm
Fri â€“ Sat 9am till midnight
Sun 11am till 5pm
CITY MUSEUM WINTER HOURS (starting Sept 3rd)
Mon â€“ Tues Closed
Wed â€“ Thurs 9am till 5pm
Fri â€“ Sat 9am till Midnight
Sun 11am till 5pm