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Imagination and Reality Collide at The City Museum in St. Louis

Posted: Oct. 12th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
At The City Museum

Although it's not really talked about by anyone outside of St. Louis, The City Museum is one of the most enchanting places in the United States to get lost in. With numerous paths, holes, slides and things to see and do, this place will keep both kids and adults engaged for hours on end.

At one point — I think it was about halfway through climbing the twisting warren of dark staircases and pipe organ parts that leads to the top of the 10-story slide — I turned to my husband and asked, incredulous, "Why the hell wasn't this place in American Gods?"

Opened in an abandoned shoe factory and warehouse in downtown St. Louis in 1997, The City Museum is not so much a museum as it is a massive, rambling fantasy playground. From the rooftop to the strange subterranean tunnels built beneath the lobby floor, sculptor Bob Cassilly and a team of 20 artisans have, bit by bit, created something truly wonderful.


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