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“Exciting place for all ages! Don't let the name fool you. This is NOT your typical museum.”
Review of City Museum

City Museum
Ranked #4 of 271 things to do in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Don't take the name so literally. We're about fun. Not your white walls, walk around, and be quiet museum. If you want to climb around, get active with your kids or are a big kid at heart, we're the place. If you get freaked out easily, you might not want to come. We're four floors filled with miles of tunnels, a full cave system, over 30 slides, a circus, an arts area, a large outdoor climbing space, Architectural Museum, a Cabin that serves adult beverages, a Museum of Mayhem, Mirth and Mystery, and a ton more. Also, there's the roof with a Ferris Wheel and a bus hanging off its edge.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 27, 2011

My family had visited St. Louis many times and never heard of City Museum. Once we discovered it we kept going back. I believe many people are mislead by it's name. It is not even a museum in my opinion. It is an interactive inside and outside playground. The City Museum is an old shoe factory that uses the wire coils that transported shoes as climbing structures. There are slides that go from different floors of the building. There is even one that starts on the 7th story and goes to the 1st floor. You really have to see this place to believe it. There is nothing like it! They also have underground tunnels, arts and crafts, entertainment, and a suspended climbing apprentice. You climb through old firetrucks and castles. A few recommendations: wear tennis shoes, sweat pants or thin pants. I would not wear shorts or jeans with holes because they could get caught on the wires you climb through.This is not a place you want to go when it rains because they shut down the outside because of lightning and rain and this is one of the best parts. You can go on the roof during the day, but we always go at night so we have not made it up there yet. We heard it is fun too. There is a cost for this attraction, but it is worth it. We stayed for hours. a grew place for youth groups and older children. THere is a website. Go and check it out and see what I'm talking about!

Thank LakelandLady87
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

Today, thanks to all the previous reviews, my husband and I decided to go to the City Museum.

More than a museum, it's a huge indoor and outdoor playground for children AND adults, consisting largely of re-purposed architectural and industrial objects. Don't expect a traditional museum! Be open-minded and enjoy it!

The access to the "museum", located in Downtown St Louis, is pretty easy; parking there is only $5, and it's very convenient (cash parking lot located on 16th Street).
Don't hesitate to get the general admission ($12) AND the roof admission, for an additional cost of $5. You won't regret it, the roof is wonderful, with its ferry wheel at the top of the building.

If you want to enjoy 100% your visit, be ready to climb, to slide... you would prefer your comfortable sportswear and sport shoes. Just bring what is necessary; locker is $1.
No food or drink are allowed to be brought into the museum, but you can buy food and drink directly there.

We really had a great time: we spent all the afternoon there. So, I would recommend you to plan to spend at least 3-4 hours in the museum.

Fun, adventure, and challenge, even for adults (we are 26 years old)!!!

2  Thank Caroline M
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

been to this wacky place designed by artists before...my 11 yo triplet boys and my friends boys LOVE this place. slides, caves, aquarium, outside climbing stuff made out of junk,,a Ferris wheel, a bar and food and ice cream, candy and smoothies and a grill and did I mention a bar, and it is open till 1am on Friday and Saturday,,park in their lot for $5 and entry is $12 with $5 extra for the roof and same for the aquarium...gotta go to this...their is a tank of Doctor fish..you stick your hand in and they nibble at your calluses..feels ceepy..lots to see and do...our favorite every time ..the drive from Rockford is 5-6 hours and worth it just for this place.

1  Thank damtrek3
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

The City Museum is much cleaner and nicer than it was several years ago. Great way to spend a day with the kids. Be ready to climb, bend, and twist as you crawl around. Take time to explore the historical displays. Make sure you pay the $5 to go to the roof...not only a great view, but a lot to see and do up there.

Thank STLJeaff
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

The Museum is part playground, junk yard and blows your mind. The building is a little hard to find, because it is hidden in an industrial area downtown. The museum has 3 main parts, an outdoor play area with tunnels, slides, old planes, old fire engines and various objects to climb and explore. A second indoor area with caves, whales, slides, tunnels to explore and get lost. These 2 areas occupy the first 4 floors of the building. On the Roof (11 floor) is a second outdoor play area which cost extra, but has more areas to explore as well as a Ferris wheel. Wear old clothes and tennis shoes to explore the tunnels and caves. This is a great place for the kids to burn a ton of energy and for parents to pretend that they are kids again. Parents be prepared to pay the price, with sore arms, legs, back and head (bumping into things).

Thank dt12201
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