World’s Largest Pencil – City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri is known for all the crazy things you’ll find inside. There are caves, taxidermy, a skateless skatepark, 10-feet slides, and an oversized praying mantis. But it is also home to one of our favorite giant things: The World’s Largest Pencil!

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

The world’s largest pencil was originally built by artist Ashrita Furman in honor of the 76 birthday of Sri Chinmoy, an international artist, spiritual leader, and humanitarian. A group of volunteers helped construct the world’s largest pencil in Queens, New York.

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At the equivalent of 1,900,000 regular pencils this giant #2 could take a whole lot of standardized tests. The pencil is built to be exactly proportionate to a normal-sized pencil, but on a much larger scale. The pencil is 76-feet long, contains 4,500 pounds of Pennsylvania graphite, has a real 2.5-foot erasing rubber eraser, and weighs an astonishing 21,700 pounds! It took a group of volunteers 14 days to construct and they used a total of 50 gallons of paint to give it the classic yellow color.

The pencil was unveiled, and awarded the world’s largest Guinness World Record on August 27, 2007. After the New York event, no one knew what to do with this giant pencil. Luckily the City Museum stepped in and in 2009 it was moved to Missouri. The pencil was so big it had to be cut in half to transport.

The big pencil now resides on the third floor of the City Museum, next to the Skateless Skatepark.

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

Like big things? Be sure to also check out the world’s largest underwear at the museum too!

Can’t get enough giant pencils? Check out the Big Pencil in Wytheville, Virginia and the Big Pencil in Casey, Illinois.

World’s Largest Pencil

Location: 750 N 16th St, St. Louis, MO 63103
Date of Photos: March 20, 2010
Visit the museum’s official website for up-to-date hours and admission prices.

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The World's Largest Pencil, a roadside attraction at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. This giant #2 is the equivalent of 1,900,000 regular pencils. Visit this weird roadside attraction on a St. Louis vacation or Missouri road trip. The museum is a fun road trip stop for kids or adults.
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The World’s Largest Pencil, a roadside attraction at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. This giant #2 is the equivalent of 1,900,000 regular pencils. Visit this weird roadside attraction on a St. Louis vacation or Missouri road trip. The museum is a fun road trip stop for kids or adults.

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.