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Spooky sights and thrills await you during Fright at the Museum.

Plan Your Visit

Ready to play?

Flex your imaginative muscles and prepare for some serious fun.

Girl sitting in spinning top chair at the City Museum

City Museum is filled with things to see and do.

Check out our attractions.

Dive into the details.

Need a Little Guidance?

Let us show you around. We offer guided tours full of the weirdly wonderful stories behind City Museum.

Pro Tips

Here are some tips from the playground pros that will help you enjoy your time at City Museum.

Skip the Line

Ticket lines can get long in the morning; buy tickets online to avoid a wait.

Protect Your Toes

We recommend sneakers or closed-toe shoes. Flip flops tend to get lost in the ball pit.

Prepare to Crawl

Pants or jeans are best for sliding, crawling and climbing. We also sell knee pads in the Gift Shop.

Label Your Littles

In a museum full of tunnels and slides, a phone number written on your child’s wristband is helpful.

Pack Light

Leave bulky bags and cumbersome coats in the car or rent an on-site locker.

Our Lot

We offer secure, well-marked and lit car and van parking right outside our door. It’s enclosed by serpents at 16th & Delmar and is always $15. Electronic payments including Apple Pay, Google Pay, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are all accepted. Members get $5 off parking. Just show your Membership card to the Parking Attendant for the discount!

Street Parking

There are metered and unmetered spaces on the public streets around us. Meters are free Saturday after 7PM through Sunday, as well as holidays. At all other times, be sure to feed the meters if you use one.

Wherever you park, be aware of your surroundings; be sure to put all bags, suitcases, purses and gear in your trunk, and remember where you parked. Never park in a space marked No Parking.

Other Lots

Several off-street commercial lots in the neighborhood offer paid parking, often using our name. They are not related to us but are conveniently located near City Museum.

In a Bus?

Drop passengers at 15th & Lucas and park in front of the meters along Delmar.

First Floor

Boone’s Cabin Inn 

19th-century cabin with a full bar

  • Wine slushies
  • Beer & spirits

Patio Grill

Seasonal grill outside of the Cabin Inn

  • BBQ selections and the usual sides


Lizard Lounge

Family- and group-friendly deli

  • St. Louis thin-crust pizza
  • Fresh salads
  • Sandwiches

Second Floor

Guard Dogs Grill & Snacks

Pop-up café inside the Vault Room

  • Nachos
  • Popcorn 
  • Bavarian pretzels
  • Cheeseburgers 
  • Hot dogs
  • Dippin’ Dots 
  • Ice cream
  • Icees and other frozen drinks 

Third Floor

Beatnik Bob’s 

Neon-lit café, bar and pinball arcade

  • Quesadillas
  • Tacos
  • Craft Beer and Spirits
  • Nachos

Baby Elephant Café

Seasonal concessions window outside the circus ring

  • Cotton candy
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Dippin’ Dots
  • Other circus snacks

Fourth Floor

The Overflow

Quiet snack counter next to the St. Louis Art Center 

  • Wine slushies
  • Full coffee bar
  • Draft beers 
  • Select variety of snacks


Rooftop Café

Usual fare, not-so-usual view

  • Sodas
  • Slushies
  • 4Hand Brewing Co.’s City Museum pilsner
  • Domestic beers
  • Hot dogs
  • Pretzels
  • BBQ Sandwiches

First Floor

Gift Shop

This store is located at the main entrance behind the ticket window. Stop on the way in to buy kneepads, tees and hoodies. Stop on the way out for memorabilia and unique pieces created by City Museum’s own artisans.

Second Floor


See a collection of working vintage shoelace machines from the St. Louis-based Alox Manufacturing Company. These machines made bootstraps for US soldiers during World War II and shoelaces and lanyards for you to buy today.

Third Floor


Buy a piece of City Museum to take home with you. Surplus recycled material from City Museum installations and staff artwork are available for purchase.

Safety First

Please read our policies before planning your visit.

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