Visit City Museum in St. Louis

Looking for a great day trip from O’Fallon or Belleville? City Museum in St. Louis is a fun and fascinating destination for the entire family. A giant playground constructed from reclaimed objects found throughout St. Louis, City Museum offers a wildly unique experience for both young and old alike. Learn more about City Museum in this guide from Auffenberg Dealer Group.

About City Museum

The whimsical, eclectic, and awe-inspiring City Museum was the brainchild of the late Bob Cassilly. A classically-trained sculptor, Cassilly envisioned a funhouse with interactive exhibits, attractions, and sculptures made from repurposed materials that would delight and amaze visitors of all ages.

City Museum is housed in a 600,000 square foot building that was formerly home to the International Shoe Factory. Cassilly purchased the building in 1995, and along with his team of 20 artisans, began to modify the structure, both inside and out, with a wide array of found architectural and industrial objects. The museum is always growing, with many imaginative new pieces being constructed and added continuously.

What to See and Do at City Museum

There’s just so much to see and do at City Museum it’s hard to know where to start. Visitors can explore a giant indoor treehouse, old bridges, construction cranes, fire trucks, church pipe organs, a network of tunnels beneath the building, and even a human-sized hamster wheel.

There is an aquarium onsite, a fish tank full of turtles, an exhibit of preserved insects, the world’s largest pencil and largest pair of underpants, an antique shoe-lace making machine, a 30-foot high Ferris wheel, and a massive cooling tube from Anheuser-Busch that you can climb up through to get to other floors of the museum.

On the roof, there’s a huge praying mantis sculpture created by Cassilly, two Beluga whale sculptures, a dome with a rope swing, and a splash pond.

To make your way through all this cool stuff you can use the stairs or the elevator, or to add a bit more adventure to the experience, you can crawl through tunnels or go flying down the 5-story or 10-story slides.

City Museum Hours and Location

City Museum is located at 750 N. 16th Street, St. Louis, and is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is recommended that you wear sneakers or closed-toe/closed-heel shoes, and full-length pants or jeans.

The Museum Shop sells knee pads, which we think are a good idea if you plan on crawling through the tubes and tunnels.

Child in Tunnel

Find More St. Louis Fun at Auffenberg Dealer Group

A visit to City Museum is all about fun, and here at Auffenberg Dealer Group we are always on the lookout for fun things to do and places to go in the O’Fallon and St. Louis area. Find the best restaurants in Caseyville, the best pizza in St. Louis, and check out our list of things to do in Collinsville. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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