I don’t even know how to begin to describe what City Museum is but Lily and I spent about 3 hours there today.
I consider myself to be in pretty good shape but after about an hour of climbing around with Lily I was done. She lasted about 3 hours but was so tired afterward. There are so many things to climb up, crawl through and slide down.. I seriously can’t find the words for it.
I think Wikipedia has a pretty good description so here you go:
City Museum is a museum, consisting largely of repurposed architectural and industrial objects, housed in the former International Shoe building in the Washington Avenue Loft District of St. Louis, Missouri.
Popular among residents and tourists, the museum bills itself as an “eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel.” Visitors are encouraged to feel, touch, climb on, and play in the various exhibits. The museum attracted over 300,000 visitors in 1999 and over 600,000 in 2007. It has been named one of the “great public spaces” by the Project for Public Spaces, and has won other local and international awards as a must-see destination.
City Museum was founded by artist Bob Cassilly, who remained the museum’s artistic director until his death, and his then-wife Gail Cassilly. The museum’s building was once an International Shoe Company factory and warehouse but was mostly vacant when the Cassillys bought it in 1983. Construction began in January 1995 and the building opened to the public on October 25, 1997. The museum has since expanded, adding new exhibits such as MonstroCity in 2002, Enchanted Caves and Shoe Shaft in 2003, and World Aquarium in 2004. A circus ring on the third floor offers daily live acts. The City Museum also houses The Shoelace Factory, whose antique braiding machines makes colorful shoelaces for sale.
The building’s fifth floor houses apartments, dubbed the Lofts at City Museum, which range in size from 1,300 to more than 2,800 square feet (260 m2).
The 10th floor is an extension of Windows On Washington called Windows Off Washington.
The Museum has hosted concerts. It has been described as “a wild, singular vision of an oddball artistic mind” and compared to the similarly individualistic Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles.
This is where we started our climbing adventure. I took the stairs and she went through the hole in the tree.
There are so many slides going from one floor to another. Check out this Monster Slide.
This is what it looked like as I started my way down the Monster Slide.
And the outdoor area is pretty impressive… Lily climbed all over it while I sat in a chair and watched.
This is kind of a picture fail. I told her to let go so I could take her picture.
They have two giant ball pits.
And the biggest slide is 10 stories high.
Looking down to the bottom of the slide while we waited in line.
Ready to go!
Climb, climb, climb.
I found written on a wall.