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City Museum, Saint Louis

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#1 of 145 in Museums in Missouri
Built largely of repurposed industrial objects, City Museum calls itself an "eclectic mixture of children's playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel." Opened in 2010, the museum challenges guests to experience displays by feeling, touching, playing with, and climbing on them. Exhibits include Elvis Presley's travel trailer and an object claiming to be the world's largest underpants. Visitors looking for a bit of excitement can explore a maze of fake tunnels and caves, or slide down a chute that goes through ten floors. For panoramic views of the city and a ride on an old-fashioned Ferris wheel, visit the rooftop garden. Put City Museum into our Saint Louis trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Almost more one goes amusement that a Museum, the city museum will delight the young and those who keep a soul child, high in color, aves of the amazing slides, galleries, secret passages, of s terai of games... What to spend two hours of scenery (much more if you take children). It is recommended to wear sports shoes if you want to be able to discover all the nooks and the crannies.
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  • No matter what the weather this is a great place to visit. Theres lots of activity oriented displays both indoors or out. The children with you will have a great time at this site. Engaging adults wil...  more »
  • This place is just so unique! The admission is very reasonable! They stay open until midnight so you can leave anytime during the day and come back later! I would recommend wearing very comfortable cl...  more »
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  • We are from out if town but heard such great things about the City Museum. First off, it's not a museum, which is what we thought. But it's a wonderful the kids to expend some energy. It's basically an indoor exploring area and it's huge! There are caves that they can explore but bring a flashlight. There is a great outdoor area if the weather cooperates. Inside is an aquarium and the rooftop has its own jungle Jim's area.
  • The place is so bizarre. It's really cool and eclectic. Tunnels go everywhere. Perfect age would be 10-14, but our 3 and 5 year old had a blast. Some of the places were just tight and took adults longer to get through. We bought bright yellow construction vests at a big blue and yellow Swedish store before going. Would advise you do the same with younger kids. Will definitely return. Don't park on location (even though they will guilt you into doing it). All day parking across street for $3-$5. Coat check is $1/coat. We didn't find any lockers to store valuables. Knees of jeans will get dirty/stained/ripped. Be sure to charge phone to keep in touch. Extremely easy to get lost.
  • Fun place for kids. Younger ones might like it better than the older ones. There are a lot of crawling and climbing. Long panties what we wear. Some people wear knee pads. Comfortable sneakers definitely is needed. Then, clothes is something that you don't worry to get dirty. My son sweats a lot after excise, so I always prepare another set of outfit to change when we leave.
  • Fun for kids or small people. Lots of things for you to explore and climb. Neat and historic building to look around. Enjoy it. Take a car you don't care about. Better yet, take a cab. It is St. Louis. 🤸🤸🤸🚕🚕🚕
  • So fun and so engaging for kids. Parts were dark and seemed like it could really be dangerous. Fosters a sense of wonder and adventure. We played for nearly 5 hours before we even found the entrance to the caves and 10 story slide. So much stuff to do and wonderful for active kids and adults. Recommend that adults plan on keeping pockets light or empty and get ready to climb and move through tight spaces.
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