Plan Your Visit
Ready to play?
Flex your imaginative muscles and prepare for some serious fun.
City Museum is filled with things to see and do.
Check out our attractions.
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Need a Little Guidance?
Let us show you around. We offer guided tours full of the weirdly wonderful stories behind City Museum.
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.
Leave bulky bags and cumbersome coats in the car or rent an on-site locker.
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!
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.
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.
19th-century cabin with a full bar
Seasonal grill outside of the Cabin Inn
Family- and group-friendly deli
Pop-up café inside the Vault Room
Neon-lit café, bar and pinball arcade
Seasonal concessions window outside the circus ring
Quiet snack counter next to the St. Louis Art Center
Usual fare, not-so-usual view
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.
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.
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.