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City Museum, Saint Louis

(4.6/5 based on 4,400+ reviews on the web)
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. Make City Museum a centerpiece of your Saint Louis vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Saint Louis trip generator.
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TripAdvisor
  • This place is such a great workout for adults and kids. Several areas for adventure - make sure you bring a small flashlight on a string! Or buy a shoestring flashlight there! The caves at the bottom ...  more »
  • My friend and I had such an amazing time at the City Museum. Definitly suggest purchasing the Roof Top access! I could have spent another 2 hours in the City Museum there was so much to look at, climb...  more »
  • The place has almost everything for every age of people especially for children. There are many activity you can enjoy and will take easily half of your day. Activity like climbing sliding through man...  more »
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  • This place will turn your imagination into reality. The artistic factors of the entire building inside and out are breath taking, humorous, and very skillfully done. Everything about this place is entirely safe (unless you're wearing shorts, i recommend pants because you will want to crawl around on your knees in some places). Every turn theirs a new discovery, or hidden tunnel or something to keep your imagination racing. It's more than a "museum". 10/10 would recommend.
  • If you're wondering, what's there to do in St. Louis? This! This place needs a 6th star!! I'm over 50 and loved this giant treehouse, playground, rocket ship, amusement park "museum". For kids, it's an absolute paradise. Unlike most museums, where parents and docents must tell kids, "be careful, don't touch that, stay behind the line, no climbing or sliding on anything!!!", here, all that is what you are invited to do. And, it's artistic, sustainable, and history-teaching (if you want it to be). Inspiring, fun place.
  • There's only one other place like this in the country (in Santa Fe, NM) and City Museum dwarfs the other by at least four times. We went without kids and had a blast crawling and climbing. We now plan to go back with the kids. Some notes if you plan on climbing around: - secure your money/cards as you would at a theme park. The gift shop carries a few great options at affordable prices. Same for your phone. This is a playground and your phone may fall two stories or more and shatter. - wear old clothes. Chances are you'll have a hole somewhere before all is said and done - wear comfy shoes - take a water bottle! - consider wearing knee pads - be one of the kids! 10/10 will do this again.
  • Oh.... my....god......talk about a hidden gem!! Another local guide said this place needs a sixth star and I couldn't agree more. IF YOU ARE IN THE SAINT LOUIS AREA YOU MUST STOP AT THIS PLACE! It's a massive old shoe factory they turned into an adult play ground. Somthing real special!
  • Mirth and mystery live here! 10 stories of fun and fascination for adults and children. Wear knee pads!! Climbing and crawling through tight rebar mazes, sliding down 10-story slides are just the beginning.