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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Good time
Reviewed By brooklynnw76 July 2021

This place is really cool! I am a little Closter phobic so I just stuck to the basic stairs to get through most of the museum but it was a great experience.

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Not Fun Without Kids
Reviewed By Nicole L July 2021

My friend and I (two females, 31 and 32) were very excited about this place. Between the pictures and descriptions, it seemed amazing. The reviews increased our hopes for it. It was the first thing...

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Bizzard but interesting!
Reviewed By GRC761 July 2021

Took a 6 year old granddaughter and 4 adults, we all found something of interest. Slides and tunnels for the younger set and architecture for the older crowd. Liked the vintage shop for unique...

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