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Museum of Transportation

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Address: 3015 Barret Station Road, Saint Louis, MO 63122
Phone Number: 314-615-8668
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Description: Visit one of the largest and most diverse collections of transportation...
Visit one of the largest and most diverse collections of transportation vehicles in the world! Trace the history of American railroading, see antique cars and trucks, visit a towboat, and more.
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Wish I had more time

We were on a rushed weekend trip, so I only got to spend 2.5 hours here. I'm a mechanical engineer with an affinity for locomotion, so needless to say I was excited. The number... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
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Lumberton, Texas
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Lumberton, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We were on a rushed weekend trip, so I only got to spend 2.5 hours here. I'm a mechanical engineer with an affinity for locomotion, so needless to say I was excited. The number and quality of rail equipment they have is really impressive. UP's Big Boy is there and you can walk up in the cab. They also have... More 

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

They have a large collection of restored trains nicely exhibited. You can get up close and personal with vintage trains in a beautiful setting. It's been expanding over the years. It's worth the visit for both young and old.

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St. Louis Metro
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This was our first time back to visit the Museum of Transportation in seven years. The new building, with the seasonal holiday trains, was very nice. The outside mini-train was not running due to the time of the year, but the grounds were open for us to stroll. Our favorite building houses the collector cars. You can tell the docents... More 

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St Louis
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81 reviews 81 reviews
31 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I grew up near this attraction and had a grandfather who was a locomotive mechanic. He loved to come to Kirkwood and take us to the museum and would explain how steam locomotives worked and how he maintained and repaired them. I'm reminded of him each time I go and although the museum is much larger than it was in... More 

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Decatur, Illinois, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Santa was going to be at the Museum from noon until 2. We arrived at the museum at 11:30 am and purchased tickets, but the Creation Station (a room full of toy trains, etc. for children) was sold out for noon. We were not sure how long it would take us to view the exhibits, so we thought 12:45 was... More 

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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I have been going here since a kid. Started out as a private collection, even have an uncle that work for the original owners when he was a kid when the collection was in it infancy. Threw out the years they have been improving the storage of the trains and trying to preserve these lost machines. These engines where abandoned... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We went with a few friends for my son's birthday, 6 adults and 6 children. My husband stood in line in chilly weather only for the rude ladies at the front desk to tell him he could only buy six tickets per policy. What policy? We were all there just waiting to the side so others could come in from... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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75 reviews 75 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Easy to get to, this is a great destination for kids and adults. The main building has a number of historical exhibits coupled to the development of St. Louis. The rail yards outside have all kinds of engines, cars, and special equipment including the biggest snow blower I have ever seen. The cab of the Union Pacific "Big Boy" locomotive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Fun place to go even if you're not a train or car enthusiast. It's neat to look at the trains and cars through the years. It was also nice to have the Groupon that included the train ride. I recommend going there at least once. This can be a solo or group activity too!

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Shepparton, Australia
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24 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

If you love trains especially BIG ones you will love this museum. The exhibits are well laid out and generally maintained with a lot of "one of a kind" still existing types of locomotives. It is a pity all the locomotives and rolling stock cannot be on display .There a are couple of pavilions with a great selection of cars... More 

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