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10 Best U.S. Museums for Kids (and Kids at Heart)

Condé Nast Traveler Logo By Lauren Kilberg of Condé Nast Traveler | Slide 1 of 10: <p><strong>St. Louis, MO</strong></p><p>This 17-year-old institution is essentially a giant piece of art, with pieces that are just begging to be climbed on, played with, and explored. The "exhibits" include a whale you can walk through, a 10-story slide, a giant tree house, and an aquarium where you can pet sting rays. A rooftop Ferris wheel, open seasonally, offers amazing views of the city—but we especially like the ball pits for kids and adults.</p>

City Museum

St. Louis, MO

This 17-year-old institution is essentially a giant piece of art, with pieces that are just begging to be climbed on, played with, and explored. The "exhibits" include a whale you can walk through, a 10-story slide, a giant tree house, and an aquarium where you can pet sting rays. A rooftop Ferris wheel, open seasonally, offers amazing views of the city—but we especially like the ball pits for kids and adults.

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