Every day is a circus at the City Museum. (Michael DeFilippo/City Museum)

Living large in a shoe—it sounds like a nursery rhyme, but 600,000-square-foot City Museum is in fact housed in a former footwear factory. It's no surprise that this museum was designed by an artist, and an eco-friendly one at that. Found items and salvaged building materials like old chimneys and bridge parts give the space its eclectic feel.

The museum does triple duty as a learning center, recreational area, and gallery. Your kids can literally climb the walls here—Monstro City is a big and bizarre playground featuring a fire engine, castle turret, and bellyflop-friendly ball pit. But the museum is not all kid's stuff, by any means. Displays pique parents' curiosity at the vintage opera poster gallery and expanding architectural hall, adorned with gargoyles and medallions. The museum even roves into wild territory with a 13,500-square-foot aquarium—home to more than 10,000 creatures.

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Family Review of City Museum

Away Travel Expert: Laura Tiebert
FamilyExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 3 - 5 , 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Wear closed-toe shoes and long pants for slides.
  • There's an aquarium on the second floor.
  • Toddler Town is for the very young set.

701 N. 15th St
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
Parking: Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: 12USD

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 314-231-2489
Neighborhood: Downtown
Price Information: 12USD
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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