City Museum

Museum, Aquarium, and Public Art
Downtown West, St Louis
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  • This place is famous for their museums. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Kyle J.
    "THE MOST fun place in ALL St. Louis for kids AND adults!"(27 Tips)
    Debbie Y.
    "Definitely check out the roof and the ten story slide!"(11 Tips)
    Shawn B.
    "The roof (and ferris wheel) offer a great view of our city!"(10 Tips)
    Kyle l.
    "Be prepared to hurt bring knee pads"(5 Tips)
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  • Brad B.
    Brad BartlettOctober 13, 2013
    My wife and I came on a date night in St. Louis, and we had a blast! Definitely going to bring our (future) kids here. Not sure if the extra $$ is worth it for the roof, but it is fun for the slides.
  • Megan M.
    Megan MartinOctober 1, 2014
    The most unique museum you'll ever visit! Ride the Ferris wheel on the roof then grab a drink. Jump in the ball pit after you've gone down the 5 story slide. Great toddler area.
  • Quentin H.
    Quentin HendricksApril 13, 2015
    One of the best places to visit downtown, whether you're a kid or adult. There's something for everyone, especially if you don't mind crawling around, going down 10 story slides, etc. Always great fun
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonOctober 16, 2015
    At the City Museum in St. Louis, it's all about play. Wear closed-toed shoes and enjoy two 10-story slides, a circus, funhouse, playground and architecture made of fascinating salvaged objects.
  • Alex W.
    Alex WeinholdOctober 2, 2013
    I've been coming here for years and I never get bored with it. Wear old cloths that you don't care about. Bring a childhood sense of wonder and don't be afraid to challenge yourself. But just have fun
  • Khrystal K. D.
    Khrystal K. DavisMarch 12, 2016
    This is such a fun place created from salvaged architecture and industrial pieces. It's a treat for the eyes. There are labyrinths, slides several stories high, a rooftop amusement park, & aquarium.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BernardoJuly 19, 2015
    The City Museum has moved up to the top of my list museums to visit. It has everything! Adults, you're in for a workout! I would suggest bringing water to hydrate, you will need it.
  • Kc U.
    Kc Uppercrust IIIMay 16, 2014
    Pay the extra few dollars for the roof ticket. The view from the Ferris wheel is unparalleled! The world aquarium is also well worth the ticket... Do it all, it's money very well spent!
  • Paul Y.
    Paul YeagerJuly 9, 2014
    Get here early and go outside and beat the STL heat. The line for the big slide inside the west wall can be long at times. Keep an eye on it and hop in when you can.
  • Claire G.
    Claire GyurkikissAugust 30, 2015
    Awesome for all ages. (I personally wouldn't bring kids too young to understand basic safety, though.) Bring a flashlight and bandaids. You might scrape or bump yourself, but you'll still have fun.
  • Moonrise Hotel
    Moonrise HotelJuly 20, 2012
    Perfect late night spot on the weekends to explore and have a drink with an adventurous date! Have fun being a kid again. For more insider tips, follow Moonrise Hotel on Twitter at: bit.ly/moonriseTW
  • Anne R.
    Anne RApril 13, 2013
    If you don't like to play then this is not the place for you. BUT if you like to play and have fun and be a kid, this is the coolest place on earth. I've never been anywhere more awesome than this.
  • Julia G.
    Julia GNovember 29, 2013
    What life stage? Dating, engaged, dinks, parents, re-set, dating, grandparents? Something for everyone. So check your ego - all the cool kids are playing on hands & knees! P.S. has liquor license.
  • Arch City Homes
    Arch City HomesOctober 31, 2011
    Consider visiting on a Fri or Sat night. They are open until 1 AM, have a bar inside for adult refreshments and live music. And you won't have to dodge a see of small kids everywhere you go.
  • Colleen S.
    Although only a couple options, better atmosphere and food than mezzanine at Beatnik Bob's. Upstairs tucked away across from circus and by train. Also, good espresso and local chocolate.
  • Sark E.
    Sark ElkingFebruary 15, 2015
    Looking for somewhere different that can be a fun and exciting place to have a wedding ceremony? Check out City Museum for just that. Need a wedding officiant for your ceremony??? Read more
  • Byron W.
    Byron WilkesSeptember 23, 2014
    AHH this place is amazing. The extra $5 is worth it for the rooftop, but the aquarium not so much. See if you find the secret way to the 10-story slide...
  • Michael C.
    Michael CoddingtonSeptember 8, 2015
    Always so much fun...the last day for the World Aquarium which has always been my favorite attraction here. I'm always amazed at the gorgeous art and architecture... Jamming Black Sabbath also helps.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CampionJuly 3, 2013
    Awesome. As long you are a kid or an adult that wants to be a kid for a day, you will love this place. Wear sneakers and shorts that you don't care about. Roof is worth the $5... more slides!
  • Joshua T.
    Joshua TalleyAugust 5, 2013
    The restaurant is on the 3rd floor. Within 5 minutes of arriving for the first time ever, someone asked me that. Now I know, and you do, too! Also, there is one elevator. Strollers get annoying fast.
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduSeptember 5, 2014
    1. Wear comfy pants and sneakers. 2. Embrace your deepest desire to be a member of the Goonies :) I can't believe I had never heard of this place. It's incredible!
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessApril 15
    If Frank Lloyd Wright had a love child with Amy Winehouse and that child built a museum with the rabbit from Wonderland while tripping on magic mushrooms
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LondonJune 6, 2015
    Very, very cool industrial metal sculpture / man made natural sculpture "playground" with huge slides and caves...very fun for adults as well!
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HurstJanuary 8, 2013
    Locals and tourists alike know City Museum is a real gem in downtown St. Louis. To celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2007, the museum transformed into a music venue, hosting ska band Fishbone Read more
  • M Kathryn P.
    M Kathryn PetersonJune 8, 2011
    The 10 story slide and Ferris wheel on the roof are definite reasons to visit the museum. Also, one of the KDHX morning DJs spins records at the Cabin Inn from time to time. Read more
  • Tom
    TomAugust 15, 2011
    It's a $12 ticket + $5 for rooftop access. It was worth the extra money to get out on the roof. Awesome view! Also, make sure you go down the 10 story slide!
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel StoneAugust 31, 2015
    I grew up in the lofts above there with my best friend. Wouldn't change it for the world. Come one come all its a great place for kids and adults (ages 10 and up I would say to easy to get lost)
  • Andy G.
    Andy GjataFebruary 8, 2015
    Really nice place to go with the family, it's worth paying those extra bucks to get to the top, amazing view add quite a nice slide
  • Mansion House
    Mansion HouseAugust 4, 2016
    Amazing place for family fun!!! Come with walking/running shoes, plenty of water, and well rested for a day packed with laughs and fun!
  • Samantha P.
    Samantha PhillipsAugust 1, 2013
    Pay the extra $5-$10 for the roof. If you want a butt kicker, get to the roof, climb up the praying mantis slide. Then slide down it. (1)
  • Ifeoluwa
    IfeoluwaNovember 9, 2015
    If you're visiting Saint Louis and only have time for one attraction, the City Museum is the place to visit. It's a wonderful playground for people of all ages!
  • Miranda A.
    Miranda AielloJuly 18, 2016
    I love going to the city museum but only when it isn't crowded. This last time I decided not to stay because there was just too many people to have any fun, but it was a Friday day during the summer!
  • Kaitlin M.
    Kaitlin MouseJanuary 31, 2015
    Basically it's a fun house for kids and adults. Make sure to check out the 10 story slide!
  • Moonrise Hotel
    Moonrise HotelJune 18, 2012
    Want the fun to continue? Spend the night at the City Museum for extended play time! Look online for the schedule. For more insider tips, follow Moonrise Hotel on Twitter at: bit.ly/moonriseTW
  • Tim M.
    Tim MeisenheimerJune 10, 2014
    The museum is fantastic! DO NOT park in the lot directly across N 16th Street from the museum. Numerous reports of burglary and theft. We had an iPad stolen, other people had their van stolen.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RApril 19, 2013
    Great place to visit. Friendly staff. Every corner has a different piece of art. Fun for the kids and a visual masterpiece.
  • Sean S.
    Sean Smith2 weeks ago
    Less museum, more happy fun time. Like a giant treehouse maze, you will spend tons of time exploring and finding nooks and crannies.
  • SoulfulRVFamily
    SoulfulRVFamilyJune 22, 2015
    Everything is great fun here. Make sure you wear sneakers!! Our kids had a blast!!
  • T B.
    T BrunsDecember 4, 2011
    Wear athletic/slick pants to go FAST down the slides...especially the ten story slide which by the way is the largest dry slide in the WORLD!!!
  • Ms. S.
    Ms. SeymoreAugust 9, 2015
    Very unique and cool especially if you're trying to get to know someone...like a play ground and art show...pretty dope.
  • jamplaystl
    jamplaystlJune 30, 2013
    I went for the first time yesterday. Loved it. Make sure you where tennis shoes, jeans and sweats. Kids go crazy there. Lots of fun and eats.
  • Paige T.
    Paige TobinOctober 11, 2015
    Climb, explore, drink. Best way to spend an evening in St. Louis. We love the cabin bar on the first floor.
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah G.G.March 12, 2012
    You have to try the vodka/Orange/Mango smoothies! Also wear yoga pants and tennis shoes... Skinny jeans and flats are a pain to navigate in
  • Mark H.
    Mark HSeptember 25, 2011
    The 10-storey slide is a must do! The others r up to u n can b a bit cumbersome to get thru. Doesn't really help if u're 6' tall too:P
  • Sam S.
    Sam SAugust 15, 2011
    Open till 1 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Adults, take advantage of the opportunity to play around with a lower chance of trampling a 5 year old.
  • USA TODAY
    USA TODAYJune 22, 2012
    The book and subsequent movie The Exorcist, was based on a true story of a boy believed to be possessed by the devil. This museum has the copper and zinc Gothic cross placed outside the child's room. Read more
  • Michael C.
    Michael CSeptember 13, 2015
    An absolute must stop when in St. Louis with kids. Some that wander are not lost... and City Museum is encourages wandering.
  • Kyle J.
    Kyle JoyceAugust 3, 2013
    THE MOST fun place in ALL St. Louis for kids AND adults! We have to come here for EVERY trip! MUST DO!!!
  • lindsey o.
    lindsey olsenJune 20, 2015
    The employee at the top will not tell you, but tuck the back of your shirt in when going down the slides, avoid the harsh burn I received
  • Riverfront Times
    Riverfront TimesOctober 31, 2011
    2011 RFT Best of St. Louis Winner - Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests.A museum unlike any other, that you’re friends and family are sure to enjoy
  • Vietca D.
    Vietca DoFebruary 6, 2011
    Climb the spiral stairs to get to the top of their "10-Story Cave Slide." It's worth the workout for 20-25 seconds of sliding to the bottom.
  • Bellatrix M.
    Bellatrix MartinezOctober 30, 2016
    The Museum is super interesting. Tubes all around it that you can navigate to. For sure a must visit.
  • Pilgrim
    PilgrimApril 11, 2016
    This was one of the top 5 most amazing/unique places I've ever seen in my entire life.
  • Debbie Y.
    Debbie YeeAugust 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great for both adults and children. Definitely check out the roof and the ten story slide!
  • Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
    Take the kids out for a day of fun and entertainment. Climb through caves and explore the tree houses at one of the city’s most popular attractions for children!
  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LoweApril 14, 2012
    Definitely don't go during the day. There are children galore and it gets very hectic and packed in there. Don't wear flip flops!!
  • Mary D.
    Mary DolinacAugust 13, 2013
    Best place to go play. Prepare to spend the whole day, it is great. Wear tennis shoes!!!
  • Dianne M.
    Dianne Mogilevsky CartySeptember 10, 2012
    Havent been by since the owner died; it's a mad house. Lots of yelling, screaming, kids running wild, everyone pushing, staff only semi-interested in being there. Havent gone back in a while.
  • Snooply 5.
    Snooply 57August 12, 2013
    "Museum" is a misnomer. This is more a funhouse for young kids with lots of slides, tunnels, and tight spaces
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CelnikJune 19, 2013
    Perfect for kids over 10. Under is iffy since there's a lot of physical activities for bigger kids.
  • Matt R.
    Matt RogersJuly 7, 2012
    If you can't park, it's too crowded and not worth the hassle. Otherwise, it's very fun! I have 3 pointers: 1. Don't wear flip flops/ sandals. 2. Take a backpack instead of a purse. 3. Knee pads.
  • Keith C.
    Keith ConverseJune 15, 2015
    This place is money! You can drink a beer on the rooftop and go down slides and crawl through caves. I'm 27 and I love this place.
  • Vietca D.
    Vietca DoFebruary 6, 2011
    Don't take your belongings with you (or really secure them), you don't want to drop or break them with all the running, climbing and crawling you'll be doing.
  • Loredai K.
    Loredai KilmoreMarch 27, 2015
    A must when visiting St Louis...especially with children. The pizza and BBQ smelled amazing!
  • Riverfront Times
    Riverfront TimesOctober 12, 2012
    RFT 2012 Best of St. Louis Winner - Best Museum Call it a mere museum, and you might incite an argumenthttp://bit.ly/PsjPO9
  • Go! Magazine
    Go! MagazineSeptember 19, 2014
    The Go! List 2014: best creative use of museum space Read more
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TaubNovember 21, 2015
    Amazing place! Makes a kid out of everyone. They have a toddler town but it's probably best for 3+
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WolfJune 12, 2012
    The COOLEST place i have ever been in my almost 25 years of life. Big slide was scary, but most of the rest was fun!!
  • Luke M.
    Luke MayesMarch 12, 2016
    Incredibly fun, impressive, beautiful and hard to explain.
  • C
    CDecember 1, 2013
    It was fun and our kids enjoyed it, but it is seriously dirty. The animals in the aquarium are not well cared for - the tanks are filthy and many of the fish showed signs of injury/stress.
  • Brad U.
    Brad UApril 15, 2013
    Parents, bring knee pads or buy them at the gift shop. You will be tired so dress appropriately
  • Janelle J.
    Janelle JonesApril 13, 2010
    If you just want an adult fun active place go there at night I like going around 8 so many kids are leaving and its not over crowded or crazy kid world!
  • Lupe P.
    Lupe PerezJuly 7, 2014
    Yes adults, do bring your knee pads! Enjoyed every minute there. Must thing to do in st. Louis!!
  • James S.
    James StubblefieldJuly 18, 2011
    Great place for adults to be a kid again. The Ferris wheel on the roof top is my favorite.
    Upvoted Mar 23
  • Go! Magazine
    Go! MagazineSeptember 19, 2014
    The Go! List 2014: Best place to take the family on a rainy day Read more
  • Christina D.
    Christina DobsonMarch 11, 2016
    Great even for adults, especially when it's less busy and you can explore!
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren KleinJune 17, 2012
    Wear comfy clothing and give yourself plenty of time to play around! So much fun!!
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SwansonJuly 19, 2013
    If you're planning for the morning, get there a few minutes after they open. No lines for a little while.
  • Samantha P.
    Samantha PhillipsAugust 1, 2013
    The half pipe slide on the roof isn't as bad as it looks. The girls I went with and I were scared if it. But we went down it. I wanted to do it again!!! :)
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LaMacchiaDecember 27, 2015
    Unbelievable!! The architecture housed in this museum is amazing.
  • Petor T.
    Petor ThirdOctober 9, 2015
    Awesome place!! Lots of history and architecture.
  • AnneMarie C.
    AnneMarie CovertMarch 23, 2012
    awesome and fun place to play but very busy so keep an eye on your little ones
  • Jason R.
    Jason RNovember 13, 2012
    You can rent knee pads in the gift shop. You will want them when crawling!
  • Dafyd J.
    Dafyd JonesAugust 6, 2011
    Clamber about on the rooftop, then take the 10-storey slide down to the caves, then explore the planes hanging outside the entrance.
  • Brannon H.
    Brannon Hall3 weeks ago
    This place is amazing for kids and adults (just don't get stuck in the tunnels). So much to do!
  • Jason R.
    Jason RMarch 16, 2013
    Little secret for those with tender knees, and they rent knee pads in the gift shop.
  • Melissa
    MelissaAugust 1, 2014
    So much fun! Worth all of the scrapes and bruises.
  • Myisha
    MyishaSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I luv the city museum..... is not just for kids kuz I always have fun
  • Michi B.
    Michi BarsMarch 9, 2013
    Buy beer on the third floor arcade. Schlafly is $3.50 there were down stairs sells for $5.
  • Shawn B.
    Shawn BaldwinJuly 6, 2016
    The roof (and ferris wheel) offer a great view of our city!
  • Courtnee S.
    Courtnee SunshineJune 2, 2013
    it was an amazing Experience the people are very helpful and friendly. We will be back for sure!!!!
  • Edv S.
    Edv ScottJuly 20, 2013
    Wonderful for children and adults!
  • Edgar
    EdgarSeptember 21, 2014
    Kids have a blast running around through tunnels and caves. Hard to completely describe. Just go there.
  • Keenan J.
    Keenan JonesMay 1, 2011
    If you have kids or want to be a kid for a day it is a must see! They even have a skate park inside!!!
  • Gabriel G.
    Gabriel GilderSeptember 28, 2015
    The rooftop slide is so worth it. As is the ball pit.
  • Janelle J.
    Janelle JonesApril 13, 2010
    Best place in stl! Its open till 2 with a great bar so great for families during the day and fun as hell for adults
  • Kristen B.
    Kristen BeireisJune 12, 2010
    Awesome fun for kids and adult kids. Go outside and climb around. You may find a kid crawling below you. Hilarious!
  • Rolando D.
    Rolando DarbinskyJuly 21, 2015
    The most fun we've had in a while, wish they had something like that when I was young.
  • Marques S.
    Marques StewartJuly 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely try the 10 foot slide!
  • Samantha P.
    Samantha PhillipsAugust 1, 2013
    (2) Go back to the very bottom of the museum again, get to the 10 story slide. It's a crazy work out. Lol
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