The National Museum of Transportation, Saint Louis

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The Museum of Transportation is a 42-acre transportation museum in Kirkwood, Missouri. The Museum of Transportation is a privately owned and operated facility. Founded in 1944, it has a wide variety of vehicles: antique cars, boats, aircraft, and a sizable collection of locomotives and railroad equipment from around the United States. The museum houses 'one of the largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the world,' according to the Smithsonian Institution.
The museum restores and displays a collection spanning 15 decades of American history. In addition to a world-class collection, the Museum is home to a nationally acclaimed research library of transportation-related memorabilia and documents.
MOT hosts eleven car shows annually.
A miniature train operates around a loop of track near the parking lot and full-sized restored trolleys operate Thursday-Sunday from April through October.
During the Christmas holiday season, MOT hosts the E. Desmond Lee Holiday Train Display, the largest indoor holiday display in Missouri.
The Museum is open daily March through October. In November through February the Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. The Museum is closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.
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  • WE had a good time. It was early in the season and due to Covid not everything was running. But we enjoyed a nice little train ride, my husband could have explored the main display barn for hours...  more »
  • This place is unbelievable. You can have many Kodak moments here. So many things to see and do here and for the big kid or little kid was a facination of trains, you hit pay dirt here. A MUST.  more »
  • My kids love it here! So many things to see. They really enjoyed the train ride around the property and the car museum. Going inside and standing next to the Goliath size steam engines was also a great experience. They have a nice snack area and toy store as well.
  • So much to see at this museum! There is a mini train to ride around the grounds. And then ton of place to look at and explore old trains, rails, cars, and cabooses. There is a whole building dedicated to classic cars. And there are several planes on display. My son had a blast! There is so much ground to cover that we could have spent all day there, but we only had a couple of hours. They have a Cafe there, or you can pack a picnic and eat near your car (they don't allow you to bring outside drinks or food into the buildings). They apparently also host birthday parties, and my son was asking about a party at the museum for his next birthday.

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