City Museum

The City Museum is a unique museum and all-ages architectural playground located in the Washington Avenue Loft District of St. Louis. It was the brainchild of internationally acclaimed artists Bob and Gail Cassilly and was founded in 1997. It is housed in the 600,000 sq. ft. former International Shoe Company building. 

The City Museum is known for its eclectic and interactive exhibits, which are created from repurposed industrial and architectural materials. The museum features a wide range of exhibits, including sculptures, mosaics, playgrounds, tunnels, slides, and even a rooftop Ferris wheel. It also features a wide range of exhibits for children and adults, including an aquarium, a small circus, and a miniature city made from recycled materials. 

Today, the museum is run by Cassilly’s family after his death in 2011 and is truly a labor of love. The Museum is known for its whimsical and interactive exhibits, designed to inspire creativity and curiosity in visitors of all ages. It also features several architectural elements that are repurposed from the former International Shoe Company building and other local structures, giving the museum a one-of-a-kind character. The museum is perpetually under construction as new interactive features are added by the Cassilly Crew, a group of 20 artists that build upon Cassilly's original work. 

The City Museum has become an iconic and must-see attraction in St. Louis, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. It is considered a museum, playground, and architectural marvel, and continues to be a favorite destination for both locals and tourists. The City Museum is dedicated to encouraging creativity, curiosity, and learning, and is sure to leave its visitors smiling. 

Images Courtesy City Museum 

International Shoe Company Image by Jon Roanhaus

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