The City Museum, St. Louis | #wholewidenworld #museum #saintlouis #familyfriendly #exploresaintlouis

Photos Inside the St. Louis City Museum

Long before your Instagram feed was filled with selfies from trendy pop-up museums like Color factory and Museum of Ice Cream, there was the the City Museum in Saint Louis. Aptly described as a playground museum, City Museum holds over 10 floors of structures, surfaces, and tunnels to explore.

A friend from college recommended this place and we were expecting a standard local history museum, but instead we were pleasantly surprised by this reclaimed objects urban playground. Where else can you climb on top of an airplane, sit inside a rebar birdcage, or slide down a 10 story slide?

The City Museum, St. Louis | #wholewidenworld #museum #saintlouis #familyfriendly #exploresaintlouis

A young boy sits inside a rebar birdcage on the roof level of the City Museum. 

Rooftop bus from The City Museum, St. Louis | #wholewidenworld #museum #saintlouis #familyfriendly #exploresaintlouis

Also on the roof, one can climb inside an old school bus bolted over the edge of the building. 

A view of the bottom floor of The City Museum, St. Louis | #wholewidenworld #museum #saintlouis #familyfriendly #exploresaintlouis

A view from up high: Only at City Museum is it ok to play on an old airplane.

Metal ladder dome from The City Museum, St. Louis | #wholewidenworld #museum #saintlouis #familyfriendly #exploresaintlouis

For the adventurous, one can climb a curving ladder to the top of this dome, exit and slide back down.

The City Museum, St. Louis | #wholewidenworld #museum #saintlouis #familyfriendly #exploresaintlouis
The City Museum, St. Louis | #wholewidenworld #museum #saintlouis #familyfriendly #exploresaintlouis

The rooftop ferris wheel takes you high above the laughter and the play for an unobstructed quiet view of downtown. 

View from The City Museum, St. Louis | #wholewidenworld #museum #saintlouis #familyfriendly #exploresaintlouis

Touch, play, explore, find,

 look, seek, hide, peek

The City Museum, St. Louis | #wholewidenworld #museum #saintlouis #familyfriendly #exploresaintlouis

Every surface has a unique texture and is continually added to by a group of artists.

Inside the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. | #wholewidenworld #museum #familyfriendly #saintlouis #exploresaintlouis

What is old is new again and used in the most interesting ways.

The City Museum, St. Louis | #wholewidenworld #museum #saintlouis #familyfriendly #exploresaintlouis
Inside the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. | #wholewidenworld #museum #familyfriendly #saintlouis #exploresaintlouis

A small rebar cage looks slightly terrifying and uncomfortable, but still you ask yourself “how do I get in there?”.

Inside the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. | #wholewidenworld #museum #familyfriendly #saintlouis #exploresaintlouis

There’s even an entire vintage carnival room, full of neon lights, arcade games, and more.

Inside the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. | #wholewidenworld #museum #familyfriendly #saintlouis #exploresaintlouis
Inside the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. | #wholewidenworld #museum #familyfriendly #saintlouis #exploresaintlouis
Inside the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. | #wholewidenworld #museum #familyfriendly #saintlouis #exploresaintlouis

City Museum is a must-see in the mid-west. It may not be pretty or colorful, but it brings out the child in everyone, inviting exploration and imagination. It feels a little forbidden to climb on airplanes and play with rebar, but that’s part of what makes it so fun. The museum is perfect for families and is open late for adults to enjoy too.

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Photos inside the Saint Louis City Museum | #museum #saintlouis #missouri #travel #exploresaintlouis #wholewidenworld
Photos inside the Saint Louis City Museum | #museum #saintlouis #missouri #travel #exploresaintlouis #wholewidenworld
Photos inside the Saint Louis City Museum | #museum #saintlouis #missouri #travel #exploresaintlouis #wholewidenworld
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