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“A true gem !”

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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed June 2, 2017

Just spent the morning at the museum and found it to be a great place !
The volunteers have put together a fabulous display of the history of the phone.
I would recommend it to all ... Especially the kids to see what it was like before
Texting !

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed May 29, 2017

If you are in the STL area I strongly recommend taking time to see this new museum. We were warmly greeted when we entered. Then we were taken a lovely tour of the museum and learned so much about phones. The tour takes about an hour and will definitely take you down memory lane. Take some time to see this museum and then head across the street and see the wonderful Civil War Museum.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed May 27, 2017 via mobile

What a little gem of a historical museum, dedicated to our most basic communication device--the telephone. The docents are retired phone company "pencil pushers", whose passion, enthusiasm and knowledge are infectious. They have everything from Alex Bell himself to current models, and they know how to explain the evolving technology in a way that's both interesting and understandable. It's well worth the hour or so for a visit.

Date of experience: May 2017
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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
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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
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