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“Great museum on the history of the telephone”

Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum
Ranked #37 of 226 things to do in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum is housed in a beautifully restored 1896 building that is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located in the 426-acre historic Jefferson Barracks Park which is a 15 minute drive south of downtown St. Louis. Members of the Telecom Pioneers, a non-profit 501(c)(3) telephone company employee service organization, and their families and friends have spent over 66,500 hours in repairing and renovating the building. The self-guided, accessible museum has many hands-on, how-things-work displays. The displays were created to inspire an interest in engineering and history. Boy Scouts can utilize the museum to meet one of their Inventing and Engineering merit badge requirements. Besides its extensive collection of telephones manufactured from the 1900s through 2000s, the Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum also contains: • A working Central Office Step Switch. • Operator switchboards from the 1920s and 1960s. • Military telephones from WWII through the Vietnam War. • Hundreds of pieces of telephone-related equipment and tools. • A telephone pole complete with climbing equipment. • Hundreds of pieces of telephone-related memorabilia from the 1880s through the 2000s. • A large variety of novelty telephones. • A sculpture of Alexander Graham Bell and replicas of his 1876 Liquid Transmitter and 1877 First Commercial Telephone. Admission costs $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 60 years and older and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Children 4 years and younger and active military members are admitted free. Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more and should be scheduled at least two weeks before the tour. Enjoy nostalgia from the early years of the telephone. It’s a fun family adventure, an educational field trip for students and an enjoyable group outing.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed September 12, 2016

This is a very interesting, well done museum. A great collection of old phones and other equipment. Great for kids to see things they've never heard of with opportunities to dial a phone. Interesting to see old operator switch desks and switch equipment. One room filled with old novelty phones (a few of which I had owned). Just a lot of fun. Bob was a great tour guild. In addition to knowing the collection, he had a lot of insight into the renovation of the building in which it is housed - he help with a lot of the renovation. It's located in a beautiful, huge park on the Mississippi River, next to a National Guard post and a National Cemetery.

Date of experience: September 2016
3  Thank IMJennings
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Reviewed August 11, 2016

Recently my granddaughter and I visited the Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum. The Telephone Pioneers spent 13 years and a total of 66,500 hrs. rehabbing the building. The building is on the National Register of Historical Places. The museum is open Wednesday - Sunday from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM . Admission is $5.00 for Adults, $4:00 for Seniors, $3.00 for children ages 5 - 12 , Ages 4 and under are free.
You will see phones from the late 1880 s through 2000 s. operator switchboards from the 1920 s and 1960 s military phones and so much more that I am planning to go back, my granddaughter said to me on the way home "I would like to go back again.If you would like to know more go to facebook.com/jbtelmuseum ,or here's an idea contact them by phone (314) 416- 8004 imagine that contacting a phone museum by phone.

Date of experience: July 2016
4  Thank Patrick O
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Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

We stopped by not knowing what to expect. One of the founders gave us a full tour which added to the experience. Only open a few months but worth dropping in.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed September 16, 2016
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Date of experience: September 2016
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