Saturday, July 21, 2012

City Museum St. Louis - Take 1

This was hands down the BEST stop on our trip to St. Louis!  The CITY MUSEUM is a kid's paradise - and there really aren't even words to describe it!   You can check out their website here: City Museum.  If you are ever in St. Louis, you absolutely MUST go.  Even if you are an adult!  You can easily spend an entire day there.  We went on Friday and they are open from 10am to joke! And they held a wedding while we were there...such a cool place!

I will do my best to describe what I can.   Basically, it is an old 11-story building in the heart of downtown St. Louis which was once the International Shoe Company.  They have filled the first 3 floors with these incredible caves, treehouses, tunnels and things you can't describe.  You walk into a tunnel and can spend 30 minutes in there before you find a way to get out - and there are probably 20+ different routes to take once you are in that tunnel!  There are slides and ladders and tunnels everywhere.  This is one little excerpt from their website: 
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!

The above picture is of Kennedy coming out of the bottom of a HUGE whale!  You can climb inside the whale and take different routes outside of are my favorite people exploring the whale's innards!

The is under the whale's tale.  Jeff (in the blue shirt) and Kennedy (in the pigtails) are watching a huge drum of water fall into a pit!!

It is really impossible to get great photos in this place!  It is spectacular, but my photos don't do it justice.  You could spend so much time just looking at this room before you ever explored it!  The white stuff at the top of the photo is what is hanging from the ceiling on the main floor.  So I am up high taking this photo.  You can see part of an enormouse tree house here.  And the metal "cages" coming from the left of the picture??  See those? They are everywhere and it is how you get around in much of the museum.  Jeff and Kennedy are climbing through it!  See his blue shirt and khaki shorts?  Kennedy is in front of him with a green shirt.

Here is a close-up....see little Miss Quinn in there?!  She loved this place!! That girl has NO FEAR!

Another view near the ceiling....Kennedy!!!  She is climbing in that thing!!!  It is sooo small!  Some teenagers started climbing in it coming from the other direction.  I seriously thought they might get stuck!  Kennedy had to turn her body around and climb out the way she had come in!  

The next photo is part of the tree-house....I honestly can't even explain what you are looking at...other than it is a "tunnel" of tree limbs!  So cool!  The spaces are so cramped it was hard for me to get good pictures!

This is just one part of the museum!   I will share more later.  But I wanted to leave you with the museum's description of this floor.....
Perhaps one of the most visually stunning areas in the museum, the First Floor is part undersea immersion, part treehouse hideaway, part cave adventure, and all City Museum. Above you, visitors pinball through tunnels in the ceiling, giving them a birds-eye view of the beautiful and elaborate mosaic floor. Stroll through the life-sized bowhead whale and you may hear whale songs blending in with the crashing waves of water dumped out by the “Puking Pig”- a boiler tank perched atop an 1880’s fire pump that dumps water into the wave cave below. Fish fanciers will enjoy the 5000 gallon fish tank, filled with fish native to Missouri waters.(Look out for the 39lb catfish!) And when you think you’ve seen it all, dig deeper, because several underground passageways still await you, taking you under the floor, or work your way through the treehouse and up into the ceiling again. Can you find the pump room slide?

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