City Museum

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Housed in the 600,000 sq. ft. former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, fun house, 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. Cassilly and his longtime crew of 20 artisans have constructed the museum from the very stuff of the city and, as a result, it has urban roots deeper than any other institutions’. Reaching no farther than municipal borders for its reclaimed building materials, City Museum boasts features such as old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile and even two abandoned planes!

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Broken elevators and hot indoors, sad and miserable
Reviewed By TripMember09282022 September 2022

We were excited to take our 8 year old son to the City Museum, a well-known place in St. Louis for kids to play and explore. We paid extra to go to the roof and headed there first. Then when we got...

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Sewage, Rude Employees, No A/C
Reviewed By Vitaminari September 2022

Probably one of the worst places I’ve ever visited. Rudest employees I’ve ever encountered. We came for a stupid wedding and the woman downstairs at Information couldn’t have been more rude. This was...

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Fun First Trip with Curious Concessions
Reviewed By specialteacherokc September 2022

My kids (ten year olds) really enjoyed this place. They spent five hours there, and I finally said that we had to go. I read several comments regarding lack of staff. Staffing was not an issue the...

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