Monday, January 11, 2010

City Museum :: the.coolest.

so what we're thinking is this: if you are 10 years old, St. Louis's CITY MUSEUM is .the.coolest. place to be. And if you're two, or four, or late 20s, it's pretty ill too. (shout out to Matt P for turning me on to ill this week.) If you're 2 months, you don't much care, as long as you're fed and cuddled. Anywho, on our way to Birmingham for the New Year's wedding of Daniel and Victoria (posts to come) we spent a night and a day in St. Louis, almost the whole day at CITY MUSEUM. Here's what we knew before we went:

a) many of you dear facebook friends recommended it.

b) 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 the 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! (taken from

Suffice it to say, we were thankful for the recommendations and glad to know some of the history, but still blown away by this unusual and incredible place to be a kid!

So, here are some photos I swiped from the City Museum website. Because it was a gloomy day outside and challenging lighting inside - and their pics just look way better. :) And, I want you to be as impressed with City Museum as you can!


okay... now these are mine...

xander is looking over his shoulder at his "coach" who is telling him, "keep walking! keep walking! keep walking!!"

someone recognized the photo op in the huge ball pit...

okay... so this wasn't taken at City Museum. it was taken 2 days before, and i like my smiley girls, so i'm posting it. :) it's my perogative.

1 comment:

jill said...

I love the pics--but, are those turtles mating?? What in carnation?

I hadn't heard of the "city museum"...we'll definitely have to check it out on one of our trips through st. louis.