Monday, July 15, 2013

The St. Louis City Museum

I'm in St. Louis this week seeking further rest and relaxation. I packed the kiddo up and we headed down to check out a few of the attractions that St. Louis has to offer. First on our list was the St. Louis City Museum. You'll find it in the old International Shoe building in the warehouse district of St. Louis. The museum takes up the first 4 floors of the building as well as the roof. The rest of the building is office and apartment space, so, you'll often find yourself taking the elevator with people who actually live and/or work in the building.

It's a pretty insane, eclectic, ultimately fun place to spend a few hours. There are a number of slides and climbing pieces each with a different degree of difficulty. Everyone is encouraged to climb, play, and experience just about every aspect of the museum. Some of the spaces are a little tight, so I feel a bit bad for the more corpulent adults who have to try to squeeze through various openings in order to chase their kids. I had no problems going through the various re-purposed industrial equipment, although I will say that the heat in the building was, at times, nearly unbearable.

Admission is $12 plus an extra $5 for rooftop access. There's also an extra charge for the aquarium, but we didn't feel the need to do that. However, the extra $5 for the roof is well worth it. There are a number of things to do up there, including a 10 story slide. The slide was once used by the old shoe company to transport shoes from the top of the building down to the bottom. So, as you can imagine, the slide has a lot of twists and turns. I'm told that, in order to maximize your speed, make sure you don't lie on your back like the instructions say. Lay on your side.

Below you'll find a video of me going down the 10 story slide at the St. Louis City Museum.

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