Ever since 1997, when the City Museum opened its door for the first time in the heartland of St. Louis, Missouri, it has been a hotspot tourist destination in the region. Located in Washington Avenue Loft District, the museum attracts millions of visitors every year. It is the best place to hop in if you like repurposed industrial and architectural objects. Since the museum is built inside a former International Shoe Company, you'll also find a blend and spirit of the former company in it.
Explore a Never-Seen-Before World of Repurposed Architectural and Industrial Objects
The 10-Story Slide
The 10-Story Slide has an amazing history. The historic International Shoe Company had no freight elevators and, therefore, the company workers used chutes to send shoes to other floors. According to the museum director the workers used to stop the shoes on seeing their size, pick them up, and then send their own shoes down. Over a period of time, these chutes were replaced by spectacularly riveting spiral slides that now help visitors reach the cave of City Museum.
The World's Largest Pencil
Manufactured and donated by Ashrita Furman, this 76-plus foot pencil of 21,500 pounds is one of the most looked-after highlights of the museum. It is globally-acclaimed for being the world's largest pencil. Made of 4000 pounds of graphite, this incredibly giant pencil is equivalent of 900,000 regular pencils. It's so huge that when the pencil was being admitted into the building, two cranes were used to lift the pencil and then divide it into two pieces.
The Largest Pair of Underpants
It's as fun to watch as to read its name in this post. The museum displays a 7-foot-tall pair of underpants that tempts most of the museum's visitors all year round. Surprisingly, the pair went missing one day some years ago but then reappeared three-and-a-half weeks later in a spanking-new, freshly-laundered state.
Located on the first floor, this cooling tube was brought here from Anheuser-Busch, a St. Louis-based brewery. Initially, it was kept inside the beer tank in order to keep the beverage cold. Nowadays, it is used to climb up to the museum's other floors.
A perfect spot to take your kids to, Toddler Town will make your museum visit super exciting. It has been designed to keep the likes and dislikes of the museum's youngest visitors. It's open exclusively for kids of 6 and under. There are a number of museum's attractions for kids in this enclosed area. The aquatic theme of wall mural greets the tiny visitors first. There are many fun things that kids can try out here – a ball pit, small slide, and crawl tunnel. The bright, colorful padded flooring and giant foam blocks are the most popular and admired attractions for toddlers visiting the City Museum. And if you want, you can have a seat a bit away to watch your little darlings.
How to Get Tickets?
You can buy tickets at the entrance or online to save time. You can print your museum tickets or open the image or pdf ticket on your smartphone, and show it at the entrance to gain access. As easy and convenient as it may get.
How To Get Around?
You can comfortably walk around the museum to reach various attractions. Spectacular spiral slides are there to help you reach the cave at the City Museum.
What Should I Wear?
With so many exciting things to explore, both outside and inside, it is recommended that you dress appropriately while visiting the museum. We highly suggest that closed-toe or sneakers, closed-heel footwear are worn inside the museum. Flip flops and sandals are strongly discouraged. We also like to suggest that you prefer wearing jeans or full-length pants, as you might want to enjoy one of the numerous slides, and tunnels available across the park.
Best Time to Visit
The museum is open all year round so you can plan a visit during any season, provided you are comfortable with the climate outdoors. Fall is an optimal time to visit since school vacations have ended and schools are back to busy, which means you can avoid heavy packs of people. Early mornings are better in terms of both, the crowd and the climate.
Will I Need a Guide?
How To Get There?
For overseas visitors, St. Louis Lambert International Airport is the nearest touch point. Easy accommodations are available nearby and you may ask the hotel staff to arrange a roundtrip for you to the City Museum. You can even opt for a private cab or rental car to reach the museum comfortably.
Carrying a flashlight can be helpful. Easy parking is available for as low as $10, but you'll need to pay in cash. Common sense prevails.