City Museum – St. Louis

It is practically impossible to describe, characterize or explain the City Museum in St. Louis. The short version is that it consists largely of repurposed architectural and industrial objects in an old 10 story shoe factory along with a 10 story cave/labyrinth that has one way in and one way out.  The out happens to be a 10 story slide back to the first floor.

Humongous Chain
Humongous Chain in the Parking Lot

I had come across the City Museum searching the web for things to see and do in St. Louis, but I did not grasp what we were getting into. We pulled into the parking lot which also served as a holding area for parts and pieces that had not yet found a place for in the museum and piles of salvaged stone work.

I was informed when we bought the tickets that there was no map nor were we given any idea where to start or what to do, just a sly “Good Luck”

Different Ways to get Between 3 Floors
Different Ways to get Between 3 Floors

The first thing we say was this large staircase and slide that spanned 3 floors and old refrigeration tubing with children crawling through them.  This place suddenly looked like the love child of Willy Wonka and Caractacus Potts.  It was magnificent!

We started walking around the first floor and found a huge whale that was made of painted concrete, a barfing pig (this was an old tank, painted like a pig, that would fill with water, fall over and spill in a pond) and this incredible inside treehouse. … Continue reading