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“A treasure!”

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 July 17, 2017

The enthusiasm of the founders, all volunteers and former telephone company employees, is infectious. Our docent was friendly, and extremely well-informed on the major historical topics as well being able to explain the story behind small familiar artifacts. The variety of items is expansive despite the relatively small space. It was a great experience--from the drive through Jefferson Barracks park to the museum surrounded by other Civil War era brick buildings.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Ellen C
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Reviewed July 16, 2017

I was visiting the Civil war museum when I came upon this. They had "open" signs out, and it was a hot day, so I dropped in. The docent was able to talk about anything I was interested in, and was fun and air conditioned on a hot day. If you like old technology, this would be a fun excursion.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Gregory W
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Reviewed June 14, 2017

Excellent museum. Our guide was so knowledgable and a gave a great tour. We thouroughly enjoyed, especially my 95 year old mother.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank KarenJ325
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Reviewed June 10, 2017

Lots of interesting items on display at the Telephone Museum. One of the volunteers gave us a tour and she was great!

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank c1crader
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Reviewed June 8, 2017

Excellent museum. Guide, Ken was very knowledgeable and friendly. Don't miss the Honor Roll display, looked like from WW1 and WW2, I knew several of these hero's. Excellent location in Jefferson Barracks complex.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Ken W
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