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.

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.

VALerie BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

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 hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!