In its own words, City Museum is an "eclectic mixture of children's playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion and architectural marvel." What else do you need to know? Once an old shoe factory, this oddball museum is now a bastion of inspiration and quirky coolness in both the St. Louis art and tourism scenes.
This is a dreamland for kids and the young at heart. Think jungle gym on steroids made from recycled materials - there is even an old school bus hanging from the side of the building. Spanning 10 floors and a rooftop (with a ferris wheel on top), the open and industrial style is chock full of exhibits and structures designed to be interacted with. It’s open late on Fridays and Saturdays, with DJs spinning tunes and big kids over the age of 21 going down the multi-story slides and then grabbing a drink at the Cabin Inn bar.
Its permanent Enchanted Caves exhibit—an intricate system of hand-carved caves that run through the museum—which is super bizarre and super worth experiencing.
It's not your average museum, which is why it’s so wildly popular and will likely rival anything you’ve done or seen before. Be sure to pop into the Shoelace Factory to peruse shoelace machines from the 1890s and order your very own custom-made laces.
While you’re making your way through the Everyday Circus performers and extensive taxidermy collection, be mindful of the 3rd floor—it’s been home to long-running rumors of hauntings. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, but open late (and popular with adults) on Fridays and Saturdays.ActiveFamilyExploreFood & DrinkKidsArt & CultureCasualCan't MissMuseumGood for GroupsUniqueFeatured