Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculptor and serial entrepreneur, the museum opened for visitors in 1997 to the riotous approval of young and old alike.
Cassilly and his longtime crew of 20 artisans have constructed the museum from the very stuff of the city; and, as a result, it has urban roots deeper than any other institutions’. Reaching no farther than municipal borders for its reclaimed building materials, City Museum boasts features such as old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile, and even two abandoned planes!
“City Museum makes you want to know,” says Cassilly. “The point is not to learn every fact, but to say, ‘Wow, that’s wonderful.’ And if it’s wonderful, it’s worth preserving.”
City Museum Summer Hours
Mon-Thurs 9am till 5pm
Fri-Sat 9am till midnight
Sun 11am till 5pm
The Museum Shop closes at 11pm on Friday and Saturday.
The Architectural Museum closes at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and may also be closed during special events.
Beatnik Bob’s and the Shoelace Factory may also at times close early.
314/ 231-CITY fax 314/ 231-1009
St. Louis Science museum
Bring your family to the Saint Louis Science Center for an exciting program series designed to keep everyone entertained while exploring various topics in science and technology. Learn about human anatomy and physiology. Designed to engage the whole family, these programs are both fun and incredible learning experiences. - See more at: http://www.slsc.org/family-science-series#sthash.nYnPJNGa.dpuf
Hours and LocationFREE ADMISSION
Monday - Saturday9:30am - 5:30pm
Sunday11:00am - 5:30pmOpen late on select Thursdays! »
6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15
Museum LocationSaint Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
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Missouri history museum
The Missouri History Museum operates two buildings: the Missouri History Museum at Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, and the Library and Research Center at 225 South Skinker, across from Forest Park.
Missouri History MuseumLindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
5700 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63112
Phone: (314) 746-4599
Daily: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Missouri History Museum is accessible to persons with disabilities and seeks to accommodate the needs of our patrons. Please notify the museum two weeks in advance if a member of your group requires a sign language interpreter or other accommodation by calling (314) 361-9017.
The Museum may take photographs of your party during your visit. These photos may be used by Museum for both internal and public publications, including the Museum website.
General admission to the Museum is free. Fees for special exhibits are listed on the Exhibitions page. Unless otherwise noted, all programs and events are held at the Missouri History Museum.
If you are interested in bringing your students to the Museum, please visit our K-12 Schools page to view our list of offerings and reservation information.
The museum offers a variety of opportunities for groups to enjoy their visit. Choose from an assortment of options to customize the museum experience for your group.
St. Louis Museum of transportation
The Museum of Transportation, in West St. Louis County, MO, houses what has been recognized as one of the largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the world. The Museum was founded in 1944 by a group of historically minded citizens who had acquired the mule-drawn streetcar "Bellefontaine." In 1948, the Transport Museum Association (TMA) incorporated as a non-profit educational organization to better serve the financial and volunteer needs of the Museum. Land was acquired at Barretts Station in St. Louis County, along the right-of-way of the historic Missouri Pacific Railroad, and over the years, the mule-drawn streetcar was joined by hundreds of other significant exhibits. On September 1, 1979, the St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation formally assumed the operation and development of the Museum, accepting it as a gift from the original founders in February 1984. Today, its mission is to be the leader in protecting and interpreting North AmericaÃs transportation heritage.
Located on 129 acres, the Museum is approximately 16 miles southwest of downtown St. Louis, on a site which includes one of the two first man-made railroad tunnels west of the Mississippi River. The Museum site also features more than four miles of switching and exhibition track, and its 10 buildings include a nationally acclaimed research library of transportation-related memorabilia and documents.
With over 70 locomotives, half of them "one-of-a-kind" or "sole survivors" of their type, the Museum has one of the most complete collections of American railroad motive power, and its collections of automobiles, buses, streetcars, aircraft, horse-drawn vehicles, and riverboat materials are constantly expanding to reflect the ever-changing nature of transportation.
The Museum's rail and transit collections have grown to encompass more than 190 major exhibits. These include the mid-1800s Boston & Providence "Daniel Nason"; Union Pacific #4006 ("Big Boy"), the largest successful steam locomotive ever built; the diminutive "Charles H.", a small steam engine from Chicago's Lake Street Elevated rapid transit line that was cosmetically restored in 1996 to its original appearance; and the 6,600-hp, two-engine Union Pacific diesel #6944 ("Centennial"), built by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division in 1971. The road vehicle collection of over 200 items includes a 1901 automobile built by the St. Louis Motor Carriage Co. (oldest of only nine such cars known to still be in existence), as well as the only operational Chrysler turbine car on public display.
The Museum readily shares its resources with the community, hosting more than 50,000 school children for educational tours each year. Special weekend events attract new as well as repeat visitors to programs, some of which are general in scope while others focus on particular transportation modes.
Now in its seventh decade of service to the St. Louis region, the Museum of Transportation is planning for a future which will enable it to expand its service to an even wider audience, including scholars and others who recognize the significance of this unparalleled permanent record of transportation evolution.
St. Louis Art Museum
The Saint Louis Art Museum collects, presents, interprets, and conserves works of art of the highest quality across time and cultures; educates, inspires discovery, and elevates the human spirit; and preserves a legacy of artistic achievement for the people of St. Louis and the world.
The Saint Louis Art Museum was founded in 1879, at the close of a decade that saw the establishment of art museums in great cities across the eastern half of the United States. This Museum's comprehensive collections bear witness to the inspirational and educational goals to which its founder aspired and the moral and democratic imperatives he embraced. What began as a collection of assorted plaster casts, electrotype reproductions, and other examples of "good design" in various media rapidly gave way to a great and varied collection of original works of art spanning five millennia and six continents. Today the quality and breadth of the Museum's collection secure for it a place among the very best institutions of its kind.
Contemporary Art Museum
CAM is located in the Grand Center arts and entertainment district, in the center of St. Louis. Grand Center is home to dozens of arts organizations, museums, galleries, theaters and concert halls.
ADMISSIONFree for CAM members
Free for Children and Students (with valid ID)
Free for all visitors every Wednesday and Saturday
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
3750 Washington Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108