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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Fun for all ages
Reviewed By GiddyUpNGoTravel August 2022

Fun Museum. Activity oriented museum for all ages - young and old. Be prepared to walk stairs to experience slides - yes, big enough for adults up to 5’8”. Yes, there is a place where adult drinks...

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SO.MUCH.FUN. for all ages
Reviewed By 484MeganG October 2022

This place!!!!!! Was SO.MUCH.FUN. We have a 13, 11 and 4 year old. I was worried my 13 year old may sit back and watch, but no way. There was so much for everyone to do!!! We stayed half a day as we...

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City Museum
Reviewed By Raeann B October 2022

City Museum is such a unique experience that I definitely recommend checking it out, but I wish I had realized a few things before. It is overall geared towards children. I had read a couple of...

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