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Cape Central High Photos

Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

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St. Louis City Museum

St Louis City Museum 10-30-2014Kid Matt, Sarah and Malcolm made a trek to the St. Louis City Museum when they were in MO in the summer of 2013. He had the advantage of having a young kid along who would try anything, as these photos will prove.

Curator Jessica and I got to the joint just before closing on a chilly, rainy afternoon, and she didn’t even want to ride the Ferris wheel on the building’s roof.

She kept muttering something like “You’re standing on a banana peel on the steps to eternity, but I’ve got a lot of life left, and I don’t intend to die on a Ferris wheel in St. Louis.”

Everybody was friendly

St Louis City Museum 10-30-2014When we pulled into the parking lot, the attendant said, “We’re going to close in an hour, so I’m not going to charge you for parking.” That earned him one of Miz Jessica’s super-fine homemade-and-carried-from-Ohio cookies.

The same thing happened at the admission desk. Instead of paying $17 for museum and rooftop access, we were only charged $8. All of the workers we met were friendly and helpful.

I got her on the Ferris wheel

St Louis City Museum 10-30-2014With a lot of pressure and a fair amount of shaming, I got Miz Cautious Curator on the Ferris wheel. In return, she made me hop into the dark hole that was a 10-story spiral slide. I didn’t have time to get claustrophobic, but I did get slightly concerned when the rubber soles of my shoes caused me to hang up on some of the tight turns. I wish I had asked earlier how they flush the tunnel of stopped-up slidees.

City Museum photo gallery

Here is a sample of what we were able to see in about an hour. We didn’t spend any time in the museum proper. Your kids will love this place. Click on any photo to make it larger, then use your arrow keys to mover through the gallery. Go to the City Museum website for more information.

4 comments to St. Louis City Museum

  • Not a good place for an acrophobiac!! OR a claustrophobiac, either, for that matter!! (Yes, I know–I made up those words…)
    I had no idea this place existed, but, then, it IS in St. Louis, a city whose existence I avoid like the bubonic plague…

  • Mark Steinhoff

    To anyone who has not been there. The St. Louis City Museum is a true wonderland. Mostly if not all reclaimed things make up the place. A real jaw-dropper once you look around at how it is all constructed. Forget about going to see the Arch or the Zoo or anything else in the city, head straight for the City Museum when you visit St. Louis.

    Spoiler alert. If you like all things “Mary Engelbreit-ish” don’t go there. Please. You’ll only get in the way and spoil the fun for everyone else.

  • Kim

    Worth a trip from anywhere in the world! This place is great!

  • Nancy

    Great place to visit, especially with kids or grandkids. They loved it.

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