The City Museum is adding more twists and turns this spring.
Big things are in store for the City Museum this winter. The unique museum is getting ready to add an additional exhibit floor to its current three floors of attractions. The St. Louis museum is also planning expanded areas for young kids to play.
The fourth floor exhibits will add about 30,000 square feet of brand-new exhibit space to the museum, said Rick Erwin, City Museum director. The current plan for the fourth floor involves exhibit space for an insect collection (courtesy of George Diehl, the museum's building manager, who has been collecting bugs since he was 13), architectural finds, and perhaps a slide or two. However, for the museum that prides itself on free-spirited construction, you can expect these plans to change.
Erwin hopes to open at least part of the museum's fourth floor to visitors in March. Although dates, just like firm plans, are fleeting when the museum's artists and creators are at work. "Sometimes we just sit there and stare at [the space] for an hour or two," he said.
The museum is also planning to reopen a space on the first floor that was once used for the circus. Staff are currently at work designing this area specifically for kids ages 10 and under.
The museum was originally designed with kids ages 9 and up in mind, Erwin said. While Toddler Town caters to kids 6 and under, the museum is looking for more ways to engage the younger crowd.
The old circus space will provide attractions targeted for kids ages 6-10. It could include features like a spiral slide, ramps and a mini ball pit. "We're designing as we go," Erwin said. He hopes this area will open in early 2013.
The City Museum is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. The attraction is the brainchild of St. Louis artist Bob Cassilly who died in September 2011. "We're still dealing with it," Erwin said of Cassilly's tragic death, "but it's not like we're slowing down."
The City Museum is located at 701 N. 15th St., St Louis, Mo., 63103. Call 314-231-2489 for details.