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Road trip: St. Louis Arch and City Museum, driving long hours takes its toll

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(Read caption) Children climb across a suspended wire tunnel under an airplane at the City Museum, March 18, 2009, in St. Louis.

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[Editor's note: Laurie Toupin and her family are road tripping across America and sharing their experiences in a series of blogs. See the related links menu to the left for past installments.]

The City Museum of St. Louis defies description. 

There's a school bus hanging over the edge of a ten-story building... An abandoned airplane sitting atop the branches of a rod iron tree... A treehouse atop iron trees with dragons as branches.

Part junk yard art, part indoor/outdoor play structure, part amusement park.

If the definition of a museum is a place where one can explore, then the name applies. Otherwise this place is more like someone took truck loads of junk meant for the local junk yard and welded them together into connecting structures which can be climbed on, walked through, and explored.

Every hole, however small, leads to hidden passages through whales, scorpions, dark tunnels, and dinosaur mouths.

It was amazing. And to think we wouldn't have found it if I hadn't been talking to the gift shop clerk at the St. Louis Arch. We stopped there first to see this amazing engineering feat and ride the tiny little cars up to the top. `

That was fun, but of the two stops, the kids truly enjoyed the City Museum. And who could blame them? It was so unique and unusual.

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