July 31, 2006

Where is it?

Where can you find this place?
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**Update**

Illustrious reader Huck Finn correctly IDed the photo as the City Museum in St. Louis, MO.

This place is an underpublicized gem. A wonderful and amazing place worth a trip from just about anywhere, especially for kids.

View more pictures of this incredible place, here

3 Comments:

At 7/31/2006 8:28 PM, Blogger Huck Finn said...

City Museum in St Louis, MO.

 
At 7/31/2006 8:32 PM, Blogger Huck Finn said...

Oh, and that's a Sabreliner jet, minus the elevator. To the right, outside the field of view, is another Sabreliner fuselage.

 
At 7/31/2006 8:46 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Huck, you nailed it of course. Congrats.

The City Museum is simply one of the most amazing, wonderous, and under-publicized places I've ever seen.

It should be one of the biggest attractions in the country, yet it's barely listed in travel brochures, etc.

I only regretted that we had but several hours to spend here. I could go back every day for a week and still not get bored.

Artists have taken a huge old industrial building and turned it into one massive piece of art, using mostly salvaged industrial scrap, such as covering huge columns with thousands of steel gears and placing a glass bead in the center of each.

And I am not exagerating when I say that this place is far more stimulating, interesting, and creative than even Disneyland, though not nearly as massive or expensive.

I still marvel at whoever conceived of this idea, managed to secure funding, and the wild and boundless imagination it must have taken to devise it all and to actually put everything in place and make it work.

I'll try to post some more pictures of the interior and the amazing wire tubes which allow kids to climb out of the third or fourth floor, over to one wing of the jet, into the jet, then across to another plane, arch up and across to the building again over a hundred feet up, and then slide down a giant slide to the ground floor, as well as other shots of the place.

 

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