St. James, Missouri: Vacuum Museum and Factory TourThe rise of the modern vacuum cleaner, traced through over 750 vintage machines. It's part of a vacuum cleaner factory that made the Air Force One vacuum for George W. Bush.
- 3 Industrial Drive, St. James, MO
- In the basement of the Tacony Manufacturing Plant. I-44 exit 195, south on Jefferson St., turn left on St. James Blvd, then left on Springfield Rd, then right on Industrial Drive.
- Museum M-Sa 9-5. Plant tour M-Th 9-4:30 (Call to verify)
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
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Vacuum Museum and Factory Tour
It was really cool to see the start of the vacuum cleaner. The museum was set up in decades and they had tons of different vacuums in the rooms, and "Did you know?" tips on the walls. The gentlemen that was working was extremely knowledgable about every era. Very helpful. My kids loved it too. We spent an hour there; I thought it would take 10 mins, but it was worth it![Chelsea, 07/11/2013]
It's a vacuum museum set up inside with vacuums in rooms decorated like different decades, starting in 1900. It's kind of cool that they have the advertisements for the vacuums on the walls. I got to see a vacuum my grandma used when I was a kid.
We couldn't get a tour of the factory upstairs when we were there, but they do that when it's open.[Veronica, 03/02/2011]