Vacuum Cleaner Museum and Factory Outlet, Saint James

4.7
#3 of 6 in Things to do in Saint James
Whether you love to clean, have an itch for fun historical facts, or simply enjoy a quirky adventure from time to time, the Vacuum Cleaner Museum and Factory Outlet is the place to go! Admission is free, so what are you waiting for?

Travel through time as you learn about the history of vacuums. You’ll start in the early 1900s, before vacuum motors were even invented. You may even break a sweat if you try to use one of the manually powered 100-year-old machines!

Every room is furnished like the era it represents, with World War II paraphernalia in the 1930s/1940s, perfectly pastel décor in the 50s, and shag carpeting and lava lamps in the 70s. Vacuum advertisements from each decade are also displayed throughout the museum to give you a taste of how sales pitches for vacuums have changed over the years.

With over 600 vacuums, every visitor finds a favorite. If you are looking for a specific model, just ask. There’s a good chance we have it in our collection.

Drop in Monday through Saturday 9 AM-5 PM, or if you’re bringing a crowd, call to schedule a free tour today!



Directions:

From St. Louis:

• Take I-44 West to Exit 195 (St. James/MO-8)

• Turn left onto Jefferson Street

• Turn left onto St. James Boulevard

• Turn left onto Springfield Road

• Turn right onto Industrial Drive

• The building will be on your left; you will see signs for the museum.

From Springfield:

• Take I-44 East to Exit 195 (St. James/MO-8)

• Turn right onto Jefferson Street

• Turn left onto St. James Boulevard

• Turn left onto Springfield Road

• Turn right onto Industrial Drive

• The building will be on your left; you will see signs for the museum.
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  • The museum items primarily property of Tom Gasko who has opened a retail store (Mid-Missouri Vacuum) at 410 Bishop (Hwy 63 South) in Rolla, MO - pretty much across from Wal-Mart. Sells new sweepers.....  more »
  • There is a museum in Rolla. The museum in St. James at the Tacony factory is closed. It is no longer there.  more »
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  • What a surprisingly interesting museum! Instead of some dusty (ahem) old collection of junky pieces you will find a restored and well cared for, chronologically-arranged collection with a docent-led tour. I found it intriguing to see the pieces, arranged decade-by-decade, evolve from crude devices to ever-improving, sophisticated machines. Each decade is also set among furniture and flooring from the period for a dash of authenticity. Two notable pieces were the "retired" vacuum from Air Force One (George W. Bush) and the one used by the mother of James Earl Jones...somehow particularly fascinating! Free admission.
  • really glad to learn more from Tom about my parents Simplicity. We weren’t fully utilizing all features. He’s ridiculously knowledgeable.

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