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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, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed September 21, 2018

While on a motor coach (bus) tour from the Chicago area to visit sights along Route 66 our tour company chose the Telephone Museum for a stop and we are glad they did. It was one of the most interesting stops on our trip. Their collection of telephones and related exhibits are wonderful. Each item is tagged with a complete description. The best asset of the museum is the docents. Both were former telephone company employees and have a vast knowledge and share it it a worthwhile presentation. Carol was our docent and she is not only knowledgeable but also has a great sense of humor.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Duane B
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Reviewed September 19, 2018

Excellent restoration of the barracks and use of the space at Jefferson Barracks. Just one small part of the whole Jefferson Barracks park area experience and other museums. The guide and reception were terrific and very helpful!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dobob
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Reviewed August 28, 2018

if you love to see how things work, you will get a lot outmof your visit. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and explain very well. It is of extra inerest to those of us old enough 70ish because we lived thru and used the ever evolving technology that is on display.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jack E
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Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

They have really done an excellent job of restoring Jefferson barracks into a great museum. The film presentations are great. The community, volunteers and museum board should be very proud.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank TOM S
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Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

This is a great Museum in a nicely restored building. Carol was a wonderful and very knowledgeable museum guide. I really enjoyed the working stepper central office switch. Thanks to all the volunteers that make this possible!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank mark2439
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