City Museum at St. Louis Missouri Praying MantisSt. Louis Missouri offers many little gems that make the trip to this landlocked state in North America worth a visit.  First, of course, is the all famous Gateway Arch quickly followed by the beauty of acres and acres of gorgeous wheat fields.  But if you’re in downtown St. Louis and in the mood to get a little lost or do a bit of exploring, where should you go?

The answer my friends is the City Museum of St. Louis.  Sure, it’s no Busch Gardens, but if I were to put a label on it, I’d say it’s probably one of the best places to visit and a must see if you’re in Missouri.  

In short, the entire place is an adults playground.  Picture the play areas you would normally see at fast food joints such as Burger King or McDonald’s except this one was located in a 15 story tall deserted industrial building, full of caves, an aquarium, metal rods, tree houses, forts and just about anything else you can imagine.

When I first walked up to the place I immediately knew I was going to fall in love with the place…the school bus precariously hanging off the top of the roof, giant praying mantis slide and airplane gave that away immediately.  

But enough of my chattering, I’ll let the photos do the talking as I spent 2 hours running, hopping, sliding, crawling & jumping through this fantastic little find!

Exploring the City Museum of St. Louis

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri Plane

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri Sign

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri Caves

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri Praying Mantis

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri Ferris Wheel

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri School Bus

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City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

City Museum at St. Louis Missouri

The entire trip, as soon as you enter the front gate, reaches the roof and come back down, is full of unexpected little surprises.  I am extremely thankful for the local who directed my buddy and me to come here.  For the adventurous spirit that is still living in a bit of his childhood, I can vibe for the man who envisioned this museum and says that he’s got one very unique imagination.

Tips for the St. Louis City Museum:

1.) Allow yourself an entire day to explore the museum.

2.) Bring a pair of knee pads as, with this much crawling around, you’ll appreciate the fact you did.

3.) Have a beer and relax at the rooftop bar but don’t get drunk as I could see this being a serious risk for injury.

4.) Go down the HUMONGOUS slide but beware of the major wedge at the end.

5.) If you see a hole, even the smallest of holes, go through it.  It seems like every nook and cranny leads to an unexpected dungeon, chain of caves or series of vines overlooking the people running around below you.

6.) Enter The City Museum of St. Louis Missouri with an open mind and childlike sense of imagination.

You’ll be glad you did. Would you like to spend an afternoon at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri?