City Museum - Saint Louis | Kids Out and About St. Louis

City Museum - Saint Louis

Address: 
701 North 15th Street
St. Louis , MO , 63103
Phone: 314/231-2489 ex601
38° 38' 0.8736" N, 90° 12' 1.5264" W
Contact name: 
Rick Erwin
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Welcome to City Museum, where the imagination runs wild! Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculptor and serial entrepreneur, the museum opened for visitors in 1997 to the riotous approval of young and old alike.

 

Cassilly and his longtime crew of 20 artisans have constructed the museum from the very stuff of the city; and, as a result, it has urban roots deeper than any other institutions’. Reaching no farther than municipal borders for its reclaimed building materials, City Museum boasts features such as old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile, and even two abandoned planes!

“City Museum makes you want to know,” says Cassilly. “The point is not to learn every fact, but to say, ‘Wow, that’s wonderful.’ And if it’s wonderful, it’s worth preserving.”

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Arts: Performance, Arts: Visual, Hands-on

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