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Best Place To Take a Cynical Out-Of-Towner: City Museum

Take visiting friends or relatives to this vibrantly kitschy museum, and have fun just watching them react. See the bemusement on their faces as they observe children bouncing on the spring-loaded flippers of a hollow whale. Watch them beam with pride as they make their own sheet of paper. And that doesn't even cover the eccentric art and architecture exhibits upstairs, which range from the history of toasters to fevered biblical art. It will bust the hell out of their preconceived notions of St. Louis while giving life to the city's history. What's more, it will convince them that the final chapter hasn't been written in our city's history; after all, it still has enough life to create something this unique and full of personality.

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