City Museum

City Museum featuring a city as well as children

City Museum

Choose one or more items to build your trip:
Choose one or more items to build your trip:

This quirky children’s museum invites visitors to crawl through whales, climb into tree houses and whiz down three-story slides.

The City Museum has playgrounds, aquariums and factories among its many hands-on exhibits. Quirky artifacts, such as “The World’s Largest Underpants,” are found alongside slippery slides and live animals. There’s even a daily circus show.

These exhibits take up 600,000 square feet (54,500 square meters) of the old International Shoe Company building in downtown St. Louis. Artist Bob Cassilly transformed the space using objects found on the streets, such as chimneys and old car parts. The museum is largely aimed at toddlers to teenagers, although there are art displays and an architecture exhibit to keep all ages occupied.

The first floor includes an underground cave system and an underwater display. Walk through a life-sized model of a whale, then crawl down into the caves, or up into elaborate tree houses. A 5,000-gallon (19,000-liter) fish tank houses aquatic life from local waterways.

A shoelace factory on the second floor is a nod to the building’s heritage. Watch how laces were made in the 1800s, and you can even order a custom-made pair to take home. There’s also an interesting display of vintage opera posters. The biggest attraction, however, is a large aquarium, with stingrays, sharks, alligators, sea snakes and turtles. Get a different view of the ocean’s greatest predators in a small glass tunnel that runs through the shark tank.

The daily circus show, with experienced acrobats and trapeze artists, is on the third floor. (Check the museum’s website for show times.) Next door there’s a small Natural History collection. The Beatnik Bob’s exhibit has memorabilia from the 1950s, including vintage pinball machines. After exploring these exhibits, ride the slide back down to the first.

In summer the rooftop has a Ferris wheel and playground with splash pond.

On your way out, stop by MonstroCity, a multilevel jungle gym just outside the main entrance.

City Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Opening times vary so check the website before visiting. Wear sturdy shoes with a closed-in toe and heel. Parking is limited, so public transportation is a good option.

Top Hotels Close to City Museum

OYO Hotel St. Louis Downtown City Center MO
OYO Hotel St. Louis Downtown City Center MO
3.5 out of 5
400 S 14th St, St. Louis, MO, 63103
The price is $102 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in St. Louis. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the ...
3.2/5 (702 reviews)
"A very nice hotel in downtown St. Louis. The exterior opens up to a bright and clean interior."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

OYO Hotel St. Louis Downtown City Center MO
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
4 out of 5
315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO, 63102
The price is $170 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in St. Louis. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,563 reviews)
"It was a beautiful hotel and the staff was very accommodating!"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
The Last Hotel
The Last Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1501 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63103
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $209 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in St. Louis. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (641 reviews)
"The hotel was awesome! We just felt a little leery going out in the evening. Our first night we noticed the police presence on the street on the other side of the intersection. That must mean that there had to have been some type of disturbance that warranted the need to have police on hand."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

The Last Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Plan a trip to see City Museum

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis
The Westin St. Louis
Hotel Indigo St. Louis - Downtown, an IHG Hotel

Read travel guides and advice on visiting City Museum

Popular places to visit in City Museum


Best Lodging Options Near City Museum

OYO Hotel St. Louis Downtown City Center MO
OYO Hotel St. Louis Downtown City Center MO
3.5 out of 5
400 S 14th St, St. Louis, MO, 63103
The price is $102 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
OYO Hotel St. Louis Downtown City Center MO
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
4 out of 5
315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, MO, 63102
The price is $170 per night from May 22 to May 23
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
The Last Hotel
The Last Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1501 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63103
The price is $209 per night from May 30 to May 31
The Last Hotel
Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown
Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown
3.5 out of 5
610 N 7th St, St. Louis, MO, 63101
The price is $178 per night from May 29 to May 30
Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown
Live by Loews - St.Louis
Live by Loews - St.Louis
4 out of 5
799 Clark ave, St. Louis, MO, 63102
The price is $199 per night from May 30 to May 31
Live by Loews - St.Louis
Pear Tree Inn St. Louis Near Union Station
Pear Tree Inn St. Louis Near Union Station
3 out of 5
2211 Market Street, St. Louis, MO, 63103
The price is $117 per night from May 24 to May 25
Pear Tree Inn St. Louis Near Union Station
Drury Inn St. Louis at Union Station
Drury Inn St. Louis at Union Station
3 out of 5
201 S 20th St, St. Louis, MO, 63103
The price is $140 per night from May 22 to May 23
Drury Inn St. Louis at Union Station
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
4 out of 5
1 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO, 63102
The price is $203 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
Tru By Hilton St. Louis Downtown
Tru By Hilton St. Louis Downtown
2.5 out of 5
1221 Locus Street, St. Louis, MO, 63103
The price is $133 per night from May 29 to May 30
Tru By Hilton St. Louis Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.