City Museum in Downtown St. Louis

Photo by David O'Brien

The City Museum in St. Louis is a place you have to see and experience to truly appreciate. It's a one-of-a-kind attraction filled with exhibits for both children and adults. There are caves, slides, tree houses, ball pits, a ferris wheel on the roof and so much more. Most of the exhibits are made out of recycled parts, giving the museum a unique, crafty feel.

Location, Hours and Admission:

The City Museum is located at 750 North 16th Street in the heart of downtown St. Louis. It's open Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

General admission is $12 a person (ages 3 and older), or $10 a person on Friday and Saturday after 5 p.m. There is an additional fee of $5 for the roof exhibits (open seasonally).

What to See and Do:

There is so much to see and do at the City Museum that it's hard to know where to begin. The 600,000 square foot space is like a giant playground for people of all ages. Some of the highlights include: 5 and 10-story slides, ball pits, circus performances and the world's largest pencil. There is also an elaborate system of enchanted caves and tunnels to explore.

The Rooftop:

When the weather is nice, the roof of the City Museum is also open to visitors. That's where you can ride the ferris wheel or climb aboard an old school bus that juts out precariously from the edge of the building. There's also a splash pond, steep slide, rope swing and a giant praying mantis to climb.

For Parents of Small Children:

Most kids love the City Museum because there's so much for them to do. But if your children are small (six and younger), keep in mind that the City Museum is not the kind of place where you can let your kids go off on their own and explore. You'll need to follow them almost everywhere! The tunnels and caves connect all through the building and you never know where they'll come out. Many of the slides are steep and fast, and may be a bit scary for some children. And, the exhibits are made of recycled materials like rebar, metal and concrete.

For a safer, easier place to play, there is Toddler Town on the third floor. This is a contained space that's designed just for young kids. It has smaller versions of the slides, tunnels and ball pits found in the rest of the museum. There are also blocks, toys and a rest area for weary parents. For more on all the City Museum has to offer, see the City Museum website.

Other Top Attractions:

The City Museum is just one of the popular attractions in Downtown St. Louis. You may also want to check out the Gateway Arch or Citygarden during your next visit.