City Museum

750 N 16th St St. Louis

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City Museum

City Museum is a museum located in Downtown St.Louis at the former International Shoe Building. The museum's exhibits consist largely of repurposed architectural and industrial objects, Opened in 1997, the museum attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

The City Museum was named one of the "great public spaces" by the Project for Public Spaces and has won other local and international awards. It has been described as "a wild, singular vision of an oddball artistic mind."


City Museum was founded by artist Bob Cassilly and his then-wife Gail Cassilly. The Cassilys bought the building in 1993 and construction began in January 1995, and the museum opened to the public in1997. The museum has expanded regularly and has added new exhibits over the years.

There is a circus ring on the third floor that offers daily live acts, and occasionally hosts concerts. Fun fact: The building's fifth floor consists of apartments, dubbed the Lofts at City Museum!


Let's start on the first floor which includes a life-size Bowhead Whale that guests can walk through to view a large fish tank. There are a number of tunnels, a treehouse as well as a series of caves and shafts. Don't miss the 5 story slide that exists!

The second floor features the Vault Room, which contains 1,000 safety deposit boxes. There are also statues and a hamster wheel installed as well. One of the main attractions is the Shoelace Factory, featuring shoelace machines from the 1890s which can make custom laces for visitors.

On the third floor, you'll find the Skate Park, which is a collection of skateboard ramps, the Everyday Circus, Art City, Toddler Town, and the Architectural Museum. You will see the cross from the movie "The Exorcist" and the world's largest pencil. You can see that there is a Ferris Wheel on the roof. If you thought that wasn't crazy enough, they have a 24 ft tall metal praying mantis on top of the dome and a school bus extending past the edge of the building.

Information sourced from Wikipedia. Cover image by Chris857 and sourced from Wikipedia and licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

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