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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. 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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  • This place is absolutely awesome for all ages! Went here with my wife and her daughter and we had a blast and then some!!! So much to do its unreal! Big slides, places to climb up and down like a jingle gym but better! A 10 story slide and a 5 story slide! Two ball pits for kids! A Ferris wheel that's up top of the roof! A pond that has stepping stones to walk across! A school bus that goes over the edge of the building up top of the roof! Viewing binoculars to see all over the city! It would take you a whole day if not more to do everything that's inside there!!! Fun for everyone there!!! This is a must stop if you're in the St Louis area!!!
  • Incredible place (for kids and adults) - we've been to other kid friendly attractions in the St Louis area and I honestly can't imagine why you'd need to go anywhere except City Museum. Such a wonderful place for play and discovery. It can be chaotic trying to keep track of all the kids but they had such an amazing time and we definitely didn't discover everything in our first visit. Planning to come back in a couple of months to keep exploring!
  • Don't let the name fool you- the City Museum has something for everyone of all ages. If you're not up for climbing through dark tunnels or fitting through tight spaces, then look around and admire the engineering and artistry that went into building this amazing place. There is something to do, climb, and explore on every level. Plan to spend at least one full day. The food was tasty and served quickly. This is the ideal place to bring children. My children were engaged the whole time, we even came back after nap time so they could play more.
  • So much fun for kids and adults alike! This is a strange and wonderful place to explore. Been here twice and each time my family and me left with big smiles. Now there's tons of stairs, climbing, crawling and walking but, a great day to get some exercise and do something different!!! I do suggest keeping an extra special eye on toddlers as theres many places they can crawl. Had a blast and can't wait till our next visit :)
  • Best thing in St Louis! Come early because the kids will want to stay all day. Try to come when the weather is nice, there is a ton of outside areas. The roof is crazy awesome! This is a must visit when in St Louis. Take your time and look everywhere, there are too many secret passages and hiding spots to count. You will love this place!

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Where to stay in Saint Louis

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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