St. Louis, Missouri: Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum

Vintage equipment and memorabilia from the days when people had to go into a booth to make a phone call in public, or crank a handle to make a call from home.

Address:
12 Hancock Ave., St. Louis, MO
Directions:
South of the city. One mile north of I-255 exit 2, in Jefferson Barracks Historic Park. Free parking behind the building.
Hours:
W-Su 9-2 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
314-416-8004
Admission:
Adults $5.
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Young A.G. Bell at the Telephone Museum.

Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum

Small but jam-packed museum covering the history of the telephone. Carol, one of the volunteer docents, took us on a detailed guided tour. She was friendly, patient, and extremely knowledgeable. She knew everything about the phones, as well as the history of the building and the area. The museum has lots of artifacts in a small space but it is well laid out and presented.

[Suzanne Scherrer, 04/26/2021]

Phone display.

Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum

There seem to be telephone museums in every state I go to. I always make sure to stop in each one-- I love them ! This particular one had a really really nice gentleman who came just for me, gave me plenty of time, showed me around; too kind ! Unlike most of them, this one had a small gift shop which was nice.

[Roadtrip18, 09/02/2018]

Telephone museum.

Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum

Housed in a beautifully restored 1896 building, the museum features an extensive collection of telephones, telephone-related equipment, and memorabilia. It is in the Jefferson Barracks Historic Park, 15 minutes south of downtown St. Louis. The self-guided museum has many hands-on, how-things-work displays to inspire an interest in engineering and history.

[Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum, 05/14/2016]

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