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City Museum, Saint Louis

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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Loved it! All in our group had a good time - and we danced form 50 to 83! A great spot if you are in to "junk" art and salvage. Simply fun! Lots of kids - and noise and energy levels may be too much f...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The kids had a great time here crawling through the caves and going down all the different slides. It's neat how they repurposed so many things to make this amazing activity center.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The City Museum is the most fun museum I have ever visited! Be sure to wear long pants, sneakers, and leave your purse at home. You will want to climb, crawl, and slide as you chase your kids around! ...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    This place is great. Make sure you're kids are old enough and you are comfortable with not knowing where they are for 10-20 minutes or more at a time. This place has a ton of nooks and crannies. Also be prepared to climb pretty tall heights and to be on your hands and knees. Not for the faint of heart for sure. The kids will do great, it's just a matter of whether the parents are ready. Also be aware there is no child check-in/checkout process here...which coupled with the kids being all over the place as I mentioned above, can be very unnerving.
  • June 27, 2017
    Amazing! My husband, myself and our kids (8, 6 and 4) had a blast exploring all day long! We ate lunch there and were very happy with the food and drink options AND the creative eating areas we found! Overall, we had a blast! I would hesitate to go with a rambunctious toddler or with only one adult and several kids, but if you have enough supervisors, you could be occupied here for days. We'll definitely be back.
  • June 29, 2017
    Great place to take your kids if you are a local or tourist. I promise you that it might be difficult to keep up with them here but it's a lot of fun. Growing up in St Louis, every school that I attended brought us here at some point. It didn't matter how old we were. My senior class even when here for our senior skip day. With that being said, it's one of the busiest places in the city. Great place to go. If you don't have kids this would be a good place to go see modern interactive art
  • June 13, 2017
    There's no easy way to describe this gem of a place. The ultimate kid and adult playground, where you can go anywhere and explore anything. The most common phrases you will say here is "Can I fit in that crawl space?" and "I better try to, so I don't lose my kids". There is no equal to City Museum. Eclectic design using old city architecture. Nothing like it.
  • July 6, 2017
    We had an awesome time in the city museum and it may look like it's only for the kids but it isn't! you will have a blast there. there is so much to do. the top floor is pretty cool with a ferris wheel. now i am not a dare devil but i did go inside the bus which is hanging from the top and i clicked a photo :-) we had a great time there

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Saint Louis is famous for its relatively low cost of living, so you can often find affordable rooms even in its most expensive hotels. The sprawling metropolitan region boasts nearly 40,000 hotel rooms, 8,000 of them in downtown. In this area, you can choose from a range of full-service hotels offering all the comforts of home within walking distance of the city's major attractions. If all you need is a decent bed, consider an inn near the airport.
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