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Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum
Ranked #37 of 228 things to do in Saint Louis
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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: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed May 24, 2017 via mobile

Apparently this museum opened only last year. This museum was built by volunteers and is very nicely maintained. There are so many cool phones dating back a long time ago. Admission is cheap and very affordable for a family. Our tour guide was phenomenal. She was very informative and kept our attention. They sell bottled water in their gift shop which is a nice little bonus. Definitely recommend this museum. It's worth the time and money. Run solely by volunteers and they do an amazing job!

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank tarateaches424
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Reviewed May 24, 2017 via mobile

Our entire family enjoyed the telephone museum. The docent was excellent. The volunteers there are former employees from the telephone industry. We learned so much about the history of the phones, in addition to seeing old phones and modern phones. They have done an excellent job displaying everything. Each piece is labeled. You can tell it was very well planned and thought out. You will see lots of phones from the past as well as modern phones. The museum is free. They depend upon donations if you choose to do that but there is no pressure at all for that. They are very friendly there. Be sure and check their website because they are not open every day.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Sheila P
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Reviewed April 1, 2017

This is a unique experience that covers the History of the American Telephone. The Docent was very knowledgeable having worked many years for one of the Baby Bells. The all volunteer staff spent 13 YEARS getting the Museum ready for Exhibit. I did suggest they update the Exhibit to include some of the early versions of Cell Phones.

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank Travelsupr
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Reviewed March 25, 2017 via mobile

I went to the museum with my cousins and grandparents recently and absolutely loved it! I was amazed by the amount of displays they had! I really enjoyed how we got a little tour of all the rooms and also how the 'tour guide' didn't read off any of the signs and just showed us the main and major things! He made it very informative but also entertaining! I would definitely go back to here!

Date of experience: March 2017
2  Thank Sawnavia
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Reviewed December 4, 2016

What a great way to learn the history of our depended upon way of communicating! The docents lived part of the history and made the experience even more exciting! Why, most of our grandchildren hardly have any recollection of a landline, much less a party line. Even some of our more recent presidents had contact with the Missouri Telephone system! It's a great place for "kids" of all ages!

Date of experience: December 2016
2  Thank bridgeit738
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