The Art of the Matter: Hotel Near City Museum
Exploring the City Museum
Forget what you think you know about museums because, technically, the 600,000-square-foot, four-story City Museum in downtown St. Louis is an indoor playground. And it’s not just for kids because adults love it here, too. (Pro tip: Wear comfy shoes, not flip-flops or sandals; and stretchy pants, too, because there are slides and climbing areas.) Tucked into a 10-story warehouse, this is where architectural history launches a second chapter — the genius idea of founder and sculptor Bob Cassilly. From the abandoned plane jutting out of a top floor (yes, you can walk onto that plane, via a covered wire-tube) to a cooling tube once used to brew beer at Anheuser-Busch (it’s now a slide), this museum is full of surprises. Five food venues (from Baby Elephant Café’s cotton candy and hot dogs to the seasonal Rooftop Cantina beneath the ferris wheel), it’s okay to show up hungry. And don’t even think about leaving before you take a craft class (a recent class cut out snowflakes) taught by an eclectic local artist. As an ode to the building’s first chapter, a shoe-lace factory still resides inside. Our hotel is located next to the City Museum which is a must-visit during your next stay.
By Kristine Hansen