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This Building Was Once A Crumbling Old Shoe Factory, But Today It's Home To Something Incredibly Fun

In 1997, artist and sculptor Bob Cassilly looked at the abandoned International Shoe Company factory and saw its potential. Rather than see the St. Louis, Missouri grounds crumble into ruins, Cassilly saw a sculptural urban playground.

Over several years, he turned the grounds into City Museum, a creative urban space that draws 700,000 visitors a year.


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Most of the museum’s play area is made of recycled materials, including the salvaged playground equipment, ball pits, 10-story slides and, yes, the two airplanes that soar over City Museum.


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There's a slide from the roof of the factory all the way down, complete with a celebratory grasshopper.


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The factory's 10th-floor rooftop also boasts a Ferris wheel with one of the best views in the city.


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Cassilly passed away in 2011, but his vision lives on.


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City Museum keeps expanding and reinventing itself through the 20 artists, who call themselves Cassilly Crew, committed to keeping the dream alive.


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They make the big decisions, like whether or not City Museum needs a rocket. (Of course it does.)


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They build the new additions, like this cable bridge, by hand. 


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See St. Louis' most kinetic museum in action in this video:

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