The City Museum was Formerly a Converted Shoe Factory

By: Meghan Young - Jun 3, 2015
References: citymuseum.org & thisiscolossal
City Museum is being touted as the ultimate urban playground. Located in St. Louis, it was originally the International Shoe Factory. But after late artist and sculptor Bob Cassilly took over the space, it became a sky-high jungle gym that boasts "repurposed airplanes, two towering 10-story slides and numerous multi-floor slides, a rooftop Ferris wheel and a cantilevered school bus that juts out from the roof, subterranean caves, a pipe organ, hundreds of feet of tunnels that traverse from floor to floor, an aquarium, ball pits, a shoe lace factory, a circus arts facility, restaurants and even a bar," writes the Contemporist.

A must-visit destination in the midwestern United States, the City Museum is constantly under construction as new features are added or improved thanks to a ragtag group of 20 artists known affectionately as the Cassilly Crew.