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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Great for a first time
Reviewed By MekoButts June 2021

This was our first time but it was during Covid so I’m sure it’s so much better by now…plea t to do but most food places were closed…it was ok …my kid still had fun

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Fun time
Reviewed By Fromcarterlake April 2022

I took two eleven year olds there and they had a great time. Not something I would recommend to an adult only group but the kids will love it.

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Perfect for Active Kids
Reviewed By 416ryanj April 2022

One of a kind. We visited STL for a quick weekend trip and spent a Sunday afternoon here. We spent roughly two hours and didn't come close to seeing everything. What we saw was great. We especially...

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