Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum, Saint Louis

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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 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.
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  • Great seeing and hearing the history of the OLD telephones and companies! Real gem, had fun seeing old phones and bringing back childhood-early adulthood memories. Lots of information and TOTALLY done...  more »
  • I like to find unexpected interesting places to visit when my husband and I travel. The kind he says "that was better than I thought it would be" when we are leaving. And the Jefferson Barracks Teleph...  more »
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  • We enjoyed the tour. The volunteers did a great job and were very nice. Look forward to coming back!
  • If you like small intimate museums, you will love this one in historic Jefferson Barracks. You can see the whole museum in about an hour including a personal tour from a volunteer retired Southwestern Bell employee. Museum a labor of love created by phone enthusiast - retired phone Co employees. Located in old building that is part of military barracks. It was quirky enough to be fun. And fun to see young kids who never have seen old phone booths, old pay phones, or even old dial phones. Interesting to see how the phone progressed over the decades. Old party lines. Old switchboards you see in old movies. Good collection of phones from the 70s & 80’s that seem so odd now. The enthusiasm of the 2 elderly volunteer workers was endearing. Really enjoyed the experience. Check out the Civil War Museum that is intimate & nearby! So much history surrounds Jefferson Barracks!!

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