The City Museum is housed inside a once-abandoned 600,000 square foot building in St. Louis, MO. The museum is the brainchild of sculptor artist Bob Cassily. The museum describes itself as an “eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel” (City Museum). The structures inside the space are crafted from unique found objects like rebar, broken airplane parts, and overhead projector glass.
Visitors to the space may find themselves climbing through hidden tunnels, riding a Ferris Wheel on the roof, or zooming down a 10-story slide. The museums playful attitude to learning is made clear by their circus school programming and pro-tips that there are no maps.
I learned about the museum this week when discussing
designing museum exhibits in one of my classes. Some of the questions that came
up were: What are the learning goals? Does adding museum at the end of the name
change how we think about this space as different from a playground?