St. Louis is a top-notch destination for museums of all types. Have kids? Let them (or your inner child) explore one of the many free and critically-acclaimed children’s museums. There’s so much to do—trust us—St. Louis is a city you absolutely will not get bored in.
First on our list is The Magic House, the region’s first interactive children’s museum. Kids (and adults—we don’t judge here!) can sit in the president’s chair in an exact replica of the Oval Office or climb a three-story beanstalk. You can even surround yourself in a giant bubble in their bubble room.
If you’re a fan of art but don’t want to be stuck using your inside voice in a stuffy museum, Citygarden is for you. Located within walking distance of the Arch, Citygarden features lush gardens as well as water features and contemporary sculptures. The outdoor park is home to 24 sculptures created by artists like Keith Haring and Igor Mitoraj. Visitors can touch, climb, and even walk through many of the sculptures here, and the best news is: Citygarden is completely free.
Enjoy more than 70 internationally-renowned sculptures in the Laumeire Sculpture Park, described as a “living laboratory” of nature and art. And with a rotating schedule of exhibits, there’s no time for locals to get bored. One of the more well-known sculptures is “The Way” by Alexander Liberman—a 65-foot tall piece made from steel oil tanks. Feel free to bring your furry friend with you, too, as Laumeire is one of only two accredited U.S. museums that allow pets.
Housed in the former International Shoe building, and popular among tourists and locals alike, the City Museum is perfect for both children and adults. The entire museum is made from an eclectic mix of found objects like abandoned planes and an old chimney. You may want to wear some kneepads as you climb through the Enchanted Caves on your way to slide down the 10-story slide.
St. Louis Science Center is one of only two science museums in the U.S. to offer completely free admission. Visit the OMNIMAX theater to experience a movie that fills up your entire field of vision, or program a Mars rover in “Mission: Mars.” Experience more than 750 exhibits in what is considered by the Association of Science and Technology Centers as one of the top five science museums in the world.
If you’re into all things planes, trains, and automobiles, the St. Louis Museum of Transportation has you covered. A unique aspect of the museum is that it has its own railway spur that leads to a main line of the Union Pacific Railroad, allowing the museum to acquire some pretty big pieces of equipment. Some highlights are the “Big Boy,” the world’s largest steam locomotive, a vintage 1920’s Pullman sleeping car, and an ever-changing exhibit of vintage cars.