A Museum of Play

October 7, 2011 by Tim Samson in


While on our trip to the Golden Ticket Awards, Jack recommended (okay, insisted) that we drive another 3.5 hours across two more states to visit a museum. I was like, “REALLY?” So I tried my best to get out of it, making excuses about having preexisting plans, not being able to change our airfare and the list goes on. In the end, I realized that Jack has never steered me wrong, so why not take a chance and see what all the hype is about.

We arrived in St. Louis on a rainy Saturday night. Coming across the Mississippi we noticed a strange light moving on the roof of a building downtown.  Not giving it much thought we continued to the hotel located in the center of the city. When we looked out the window we noticed that same light. It looked like a Ferris wheel. Could this be the museum? YES!

The City Museum is not like any museum that I have ever been to. It’s an eclectic hodge podge of artifacts from around the city that are arranged in a sort of jungle gym fashion where climbing, touching or breaking the rules are NOT frowned upon. The entire purpose is to showcase creativity, design and play. Whether you’re 8 or 80, it’s a place to stay. NOT what I was expecting at all. Caverns to climb through, a ten story slide, a pipe organ, a Ferris wheel, airplanes, buses, architectures, a skate park, all in a warehouse building; it’s a must see!

After the City Museum, we were off to do a few other sightseeing things. We had breakfast in a revolving restaurant, took a trip to the top of the arch (I was terrified, not because of the height, but because of these tiny Austin Powers type vehicles that you have to ride up in. I really do not like tight places) and a tour of the museum at Jefferson Expansion Memorial.

Looking back on the Golden Tickets and our trip, I can say that I realized a few things. First, being rated as the Best Seaside Park in the World only matters if our guests and fans believe we are. No industry award compares to the opinion of all of you. Secondly, never underestimate the power of play. It’s one of those things that transcends all ages and bridges every socioeconomic boundary. And finally, Morey’s Piers is truly unique. We are not a theme park, amusement park, museum, shopping center, outdoor space, etc, but rather we are all of these in one, unique, tacky, creative, fun and exciting place.

So, here we are back at the shore, learning just a few things from our friends in the Midwest, we went to an awards ceremony, and came back with an even bigger award- a reaffirmation of just how much of a special place we get to work every day.


Jeff King says:

October 7, 2011 at 10:41 am

Nice blog entry!  As a St. Louisan and a devoted fan of Morey’s Piers, I’m glad to see that you enjoyed your trip to my neck of the woods!  City Museum truly is an amazing place, and it’s nice to see it being appreciated from others as well.  Looking forward to the next time I can come to your neck of the woods!

David Macomber says:

October 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Awesome post Tim… I definitely want to check out that place someday

Thanks for the heads up

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