Junk Yard + Jungle Gym: Visiting The City Museum in St. Louis Missouri
If you gave Dr. Seuss and M.C. Escher free reign over an old shoe factory and told them to build the world’s craziest jungle gym, you’d get the City Museum in St. Louis Missouri.
This isn’t your typical museum. Very little is “for display only,” in fact touching is highly encouraged. The environment you interact with itself is the museum. You climb, crawl, scoot, slide, and ride all the exhibits.
“The point is not to learn every fact, but to say, ‘Wow, that’s wonderful.’ and if it’s wonderful, it’s worth preserving” —Bob Cassilly
The museum was created by an artist named Bob Cassilly. Together with his wife and a group of handpicked artisans they started building this crazy place in an old shoe factory. Every year there is a building season in the middle of winter where the place grows little by little. Even though Cassilly passed away a couple of years ago, the workers, who call themselves “The Cassilly Crew,” work hard to keep the dream alive and keep the museum growing.