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“Best museum ever”
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 older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed November 11, 2011

This place is expensive, but well worth it. We spent most of a day there and still didnt see everything. the kids loved this place.

Thank Stanicus
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

My friend and I were at a conference in St.Louis (which was a little scary in itself) and decided to go see the town a little bit and went to the city museum mainly to see the 7 story slide. I did not realize it wasn't just a museum, but a full blown exploration-playground-fun center. It is absolutely amazing. Even after we got there it took us a while to figure out that it really is OK to climb through that little hole beneath the stairs or behind the whale. Anything you see you can climb in, through, around, or over. It is a jungle gym with different areas like caves, basements, tree houses, planes. I had far more fun than the kids that were there.

You can purchase just the museum, or a museum and roof-top pass. ($12+$5). They also had an "aquarium", but we weren't interested. We went for the double pass because it wasn't that much more. Even for broke students it wasn't a bad deal at all. The rooftop has a ferris wheel that you can ride (several times if nobody else is there, they just let us stay on and keep going...wee!) plus several more slides and a climbing incline (which was difficult in my shoes, but not so bad if you had tennis-shoes) and a scary thing you could climb through and stand over a tire swing 20ft below. They also had a school bus suspended over the side of the building. It looked like they were building more, but it wasn't open just yet.

Go on a weekday if you can, i can only imagine it gets crazy on the weekends. We kept our wrist bands and came back at night (they are open till 11pm) and it was packed with kids and teens, but during the day we basically had it to ourselves.

I would recommend wearing a closed toe shoe with good grip, leave your purse and jacket at home so you don't have to toss/pull them through the tunnels, and wear clothes you can move in. Best for people who have some strength and flexability because there were a handfull of places that you just had to pull yourself up and through, but most of it was crawling on your hands and knees through tunnels. Not for the claustrophobic, afraid-of-heights, or afraid-of-the-dark people. I'm NoT a stick thin person at all, but the holes are a resonable size for most adults to move through (with the exception of one on the outside portion of the exhibit... ), but they do feel pretty small. Maybe consider some knee pads, lol. As far as a camera, we were having too much fun to take pictures, i think we took a total of 3 in the 6 hrs we were there

The only dissapointing thing was that while we were there the dinner area was closed, and after our first 2hrs of climbing we were exhausted and hungry and had to settle for gatorade and dip-n-dots from the concession stand.

Oh, the seven story slide was AWeSOME!

Thank mwil28
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

St. Louis was one of the last cities on our road trip, so we were a bit tired. We saw the the City Museum was open late on weekends, and thought it would be a nice alternative to hitting a bar.
This is probably the coolest place I've ever been. Wear comfortable clothes, as you'll be crawling and climbing through everything!

Also, there is a neat little bar, in the Vintage shop (yup, in the actual museum) where we were made bartender Sarah's signature drink. Whipped cream vodka, straberry syrup, soda and cream. Amazing.

Thank StiffNeckPauper
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Reviewed November 9, 2011

This place is ingenious, like no other museum I've ever been to. Don't do St. louis without visiting the City Museum. It was worth every penny (I'm a bargain hunter but couldn't find coupons for this attraction - still worth the admission cost!). We also paid the extra for rooftop admission (hey, when on Rome...) Take advantage of all this "museum" has to offer - it made me feel like a kid again, crawling through tunnels and exploring caves and riding down slides. Hard to describe this attraction - like one giant playground. Fun for all ages. Beware - some areas aren't for those afraid of heights!

Thank Aaronjen0278
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

Spent 4 hours with 6 boys (age range 6-9). They just had a blast and could have stayed a couple more hours. Since we live about 30 minutes away, we get down there several times a year. If any family visits from out of town, it is always at the top of our list. Probably one of the most unique places you'll ever visit and a "must experience" if visiting the St. Louis area.

Thank wmdmapes
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