The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

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Confession: I am afraid of heights. Actually, I am afraid of falling from heights. I did OK at the top of the Eiffel Tower, for instance. Because I was caged in just so that I was fine. But I am not going anywhere near the glass floored projection on top of the Sears Tower anytime soon. So, let me tell you, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into when I went to the City Museum in St. Louis. I knew it was a crazy world in itself museum with crazy and wacky and weird things abounding at every corner. I didn’t quite know just what an emphasis the place placed on climbing up to tall heights.

The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

The word museum doesn’t quite encapsulate what the City Museum is. It’s really more a giant playground than a museum and every inch is meant to be touched, climbed on, crawled through, and explored.

Within minutes of being there I had a breakdown and a little girl’s father had to help me down. True story. I was probably about 10 feet in the air at that point…

I’m not saying the City Museum wasn’t awesome. Because it was incredibly so. And, luckily, whoever was in charge of building it was kind and built escape plans into every turn. So if you don’t want to climb up to the top of the building in a slinky you can take the stairs.

The entire place is constructed of mainly repurposed architectural and industrial artifacts from St. Louis. Opened to visitors in 1997 it was conceived by artist Bob Cassilly and created in a 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company. (It even used to house a big shoe made of shoes before that attraction was moved to Clayton.)

The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

The outside area is one of the main climbing destinations of the museum: Twisting turning metal cages, two Saber 40 aircraft fuselages high above everything, a castle turret, and even an adult-sized ball pit filled with large rubber dodge balls (which, sadly, I did not get to try out as it was rainy that night so they closed the outdoor area early).

The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

Things to see and do at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri:

Enchanted Caves

Enchanted Caves at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
Enchanted Caves at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

Vintage Opera Posters

The posters, from the collection of John Frank Lesser, span between the 1860s and 1990s and feature performance advertisements from all over the world.

Vintage Opera Posters at The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
Vintage Opera Posters at The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
Vintage Opera Posters at The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

Architectural Museum

An architectural museum featuring bugs, creatures, artifacts, and doorknobs…

City Museum After Dark in St. Louis, Missouri.
City Museum After Dark in St. Louis, Missouri.
City Museum After Dark in St. Louis, Missouri.

The World’s Largest Pencil

World's Largest Pencil at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

World’s Largest Pair of Underwear

World's Largest Underwear at City Museum's Museum of Mirth, Mystery and Mayhem in St. Louis, Missouri.

Human-Sized Hamster Wheel

Human Hamster Wheel at The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

Midwest Spatula Museum

Midwest Spatula Museum in the City Museum's Museum of Mirth, Mystery and Mayhem in St. Louis, Missouri.

Skateless Park

Skateless Park at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

Big Boy Statue

Big Boy statue at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

Site: The City Museum
Location: 750 N 16th St, St. Louis, MO 63103
Cost: General Admission (ages 3 years and up) – $12.00. Additional charges for roof-access and World Aquarium.
Hours: Winter Schedule: Sun 11am-5pm, Mon – Tues Closed, Wed – Thurs 9am-5pm, Fri – Sat 9am-1am; Summer Schedule (Starting March 15): Sun 11am-5pm, Mon – Thurs 9am-5pm, Fri – Sat 9am-1am
Date: March 20, 2010

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Photos from The City Museum, in St. Louis, Missouri. This fun museum is a playground for adults and children and a must place to visit in Missouri on vacation. Add it to your travel bucket list and road trip itinerary.
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Photos from The City Museum, in St. Louis, Missouri. This fun museum is a playground for adults and children and a must place to visit in Missouri on vacation. Add it to your travel bucket list and road trip itinerary.
Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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