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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  • More trains and some cars and a tugboat and a C 47 which flew over Normandy on D Day! Comparable to Steamtown in Scranton, Pa. Be sure to see the aero train. It sits by itself down by the parking area...  more »
  • We spent Sunday afternoon touring the museum. It was our second trip to the Museum in the past year. Our first trip in 2018 was cut shorth by heavy rain. This time we had a great day although it was v...  more »
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  • My son has loved this place for years! I love that if you decide to get a membership after paying for a daily admission, they will apply what you paid towards your membership fee. The level of membership that we get is completely paid for once our family of 3 (now 4, but the baby doesn't need a ticket!) goes twice and gets train tickets each time. Every visit after that is essentially free. I also love that we can bring other people with us each time too.
  • Good collection of automobiles and trains on display here. The restoration is pretty good on majority of the vehicles. I was more interested in their railroad collection. The place has a neat collection of steam locomotives, old freight consist, some old diesels and electrics. The highlight is the UP Big Boy, the largest steam locomotive on display, and has access to it's cabin too, which is labelled well as to which valves and levers functioned accordingly. It is a treat if you are a railway enthusiast and have read about the history of US railroad operations.

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