City Museum
City Museum
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Key Info

701 N. 16th St.

Price & Hours

$14 for adults; free for kids 2 and younger
Mon-Thurs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-midnight|Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Museums Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Downtown West's City Museum is hard to describe, so maybe we should use its own words: "an eclectic mixture of children's playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects." Attractions include "Toddler Town," an exhibit with tunnels and a ball pit for tots, and "Enchanted Caves," where visitors can explore tooth-like stalactites and deep caverns.

In fact, the City Museum appeals to so many children of all ages that several recent travelers described this attraction as a must-see museum worthy of multiple visits.

Tickets cost $14 for general admission (patrons 3 years and older), though reduced rates are available after 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Additional fees apply for on-site parking and to visit the seasonal rooftop. Other property amenities include restrooms, a gift shop and multiple casual eateries.

To get to the City Museum, drive or use public transportation. Several bus routes make stops nearby, and the Union Station, Civic Center and Convention Center MetroLink stations sit within walking distance. The museum is open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit the City Museum's website.

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