The St. Louis City Museum
The St. Louis’ City Museum is brainchild of Bob Cassilly, an internationally- acclaimed artist and classically trained sculptor. The City Museum is housed in a 10- story, 600,000 repurposed warehouse at 750 N. 16th Street and mixes unique architectural aspects like playground features, recycled building materials, art sculptures.
Built in 1997, Cassilly and his crew of 20 artisans created the City Museum from building materials like bricks, concrete, stone, beams, and tiles in addition of planes, cranes, fire trucks, and even store fronts. It was built to feel like “a city within a city.”
There is no map for the City Museum as the layout and art installations are always changing. Make sure to take plenty of time to take it all in and explore as there are hidden exhibits behind doors and under the floor and even hanging up above your head.
This space is perfect for active groups and those seeking adventure and exploration. It even has a fun rooftop and weekly events like overnight sleepovers and special performances.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Right in the heart of Cleveland, Ohio and on the shore of Lake Erie, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the place to go for anyone remotely interested in music and rock and roll. Opened in 1983, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognizes the most important and influential artists and contributors of rock and roll and the entire history of the music genre.
The Hall of Fame was founded by a team of record executives, lawyers, and publishers and soon began inducting artists even before a location for the museum had been decided. Cleveland lobbied for the museum and with the public support, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame moved to the city.
Inside the museum, there are seven stories to explore and multiple galleries that highlight the roots of gospel, blues, rhythm and blues, folk, country and bluegrass, all of which have played an important role in rock and roll music. There are also city exhibits for Memphis, Detroit, London, Liverpool, San Francisco, LA, New York and Seattle, all of which had impacts on music. There are plenty of other galleries about specific artists and films galore too.
For the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you need at least two hours minimum to take all the information and history in. We highly recommend this attraction to history buffs and music aficionados.
Founded in 2008 in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a relatively young company. But in a few short years, Airbnb has grown from a small startup to a large rental giant. And in the past few years, cities like Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Vienna and many others have seen the effects of overtourism influenced by the company and other travel trends.
Recently Amsterdam’s city council released a letter in a bid to get the attention of Europe’s top court to change Airbnb to a “digital service provider” and not an “accommodation provider.”
The court agreed with the Amsterdam officials.
As it can be more financially profitable to turn apartments and homes in cities into Airbnb’s to temporarily host travelers than to lease to the average city dweller, where affordable housing is increasingly becoming an issue. Part of the issue also stems from rental properties increasing the carrying capacities of cities to the point of unsustainability.
Efforts such as Amsterdam’s have followed suit to other cities asking for more transparency from Airbnb so they can better enforce local laws and regulations on the rentals and prevent overtourism and promote sustainable travel.
Get up close and personal with the Mardi Gras floats and decorations at Mardi Gras World
Mardi Gras World is one of the most famous attractions in New Orleans and makes every day feel like it is Mardi Gras!
Opened in 1984, Mardi Gras World, is a widely popular tourist attraction that aims to show people behind the scenes to the floats and float building. At Mardi Gras World, you can visit and see the floats being built year-round, try on costumes and taste traditional King Cake.
Mardi Gras World is the working studio of Kern Studios which got its start in 1932 when the first float was pulled by a mule on the back of a garbage wagon. After numerous requests from people to see the famous floats up close during the building, Kern Studios decided to open up to the public.
We highly recommend this location for groups of art lovers or art students as they focus on various creative outlets and sculpture-making. Mardi Gras World not only builds intricate floats for Mardi Gras, but creates works for other businesses and is responsible for building the giant cows for Chick-Fil-A's billboards.
Mardi Gras World is open 7 days a week* for visitors to come and take a tour of the 300,000 square feet space and learn the science behind the floats as well as see how the artists reuse and recycle the decorations.
*Mardi Gras World is closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and Mardi Gras Day