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Imagine an interactive museum built in an old shoe factory and made up of reclaimed building materials. That is exactly what acclaimed artist, Bob Cassilly, did when he developed City Museum in St. Louis. City Museum in St. Louis opened in 1997 in the former International Shoe Company building.
In the museum you will find reclaimed building materials such as chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, lots of interesting tiles and even two abandoned planes. There is also architectural salvage from some wonderful old buildings from the early 1900's in St. Louis. All of this is put together in an amazing maze of wonder and delight for children and adults alike. In the museum every inch seems to be used. There are tunnels between walls and under exhibits. There is so much to explore both inside and outside the museum. Even the roof is put to use.
On a hot July day I took two of my granddaughters, my sister, and her two great nephews to explore the museum. The kids ranged in ages from 5 to 12 and there was something for everyone. I'm not much for climbing and tunnels but I loved taking photographs and I will share our adventure with you on this page.
The outside is a maze of wire tunnels, slides, and lots of places to climb. Here are a few of our photos taken in the outside museum area. You could even climb up into this old airplane.
Inside the 600,000 Square Feet Building
The inside is full of surprises at every turn. The kids really enjoyed all the slides and tunnels. On one of the upper floors is a huge area set aside for toddlers under 6 and there is a small train ride they can take around the area. One of the slides was 3 stories tall and others were shorter but made of different shapes. On one floor there was a restaurant and lots of unique old signs.
I found many of the old architectural features fascinating. There were signs near many of the items telling what old buildings they were taken from. A good part of one of the floors was full of these old features. They were a photographer's delight! I understand this area can also be rented for wedding receptions and corporate events.
Our Exploring Crew
Here is our group for the day. Back row my granddaughter Rachel, my sister Julie, and granddaughter Ella. Front row great nephews, Nathaniel and Alex. They are standing in part of an old train. We spent about 5 1/2 hours in the museum and the kids probably would have stayed longer. It was a fun filled day. In addition to all the climbing and sliding they tried some old time pin ball machines and went to a short old time circus performance.
Visiting the Museum
The museum is located at 750 N 16th Street in downtown St. Louis. For more information you may cal 314-231-2489 or check out citymuseum.org
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