Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Museum Like No Other

There's a problem with photographs of St. Louis' amazing, one-of-a-kind City Museum: try as one might, photos just can't do it justice. It's a place you have to see and actually experience to believe. In fact, I usually don't even try to explain it to first-timers: "You just have to go and see it for yourself."

Nevertheless, I do enjoy trying to share some of its magic through photography. I have sometimes wondered if this is more spoiling the magic than sharing it, and was comforted by these tweets from the City Museum's Twitter account in response to that very question:
"Bob [Cassilly, the Museum's late founder] always saw the museum as a mirrored ball. We all see it differently & at times the same. We love guest photos." . . . and . . . "We have always enjoyed seeing other people's perspective on the museum."
With that in mind, here are my own perspectives on the Museum, as captured on an unusually slow Sunday afternoon. The photos are best viewed (at least on a desktop) by clicking on the first one, and then viewing them as a slideshow.  For more photos of City Museum, check out my City Museum photoset on Flickr, or this post in tribute to Bob Cassilly.

Enjoy the photosand then go enjoy the Museum!


  1. You're right about the unphotographability of the City Museum, but this effort is as skilled as any I've seen!

  2. Just got here from urbanreviewstl. I have a bazillion pictures of the City Museum, but none of them looks as good as these. Good work.

  3. The photos may not be quite like going in person, but they sure as heck make you want to go. I feel like I was looking at pictures from 15 completely different places. Time to go to the museum.

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  6. A wonderful, colorful collection of photos. I seem to have been there. Thanks for sharing!