We have had visitors from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and 25 countries.
Thanks to our visitors, we have received a TripAdvisor Traveler Ranking of #2 of 504 Things To Do In Saint Louis and #1 of 56 Museums!
Here are some reviews our visitors have posted about their visit to the Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum.
A+ Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum! What a wonderful Spring Break outing on an unexpectedly cold day in St. Louis. Surprisingly the kids (ages 13, 12, 11 and 8) were all interested and engaged throughout our tour ... many thanks to our docent, Carol! Both fun and educational for the kids and a bit of nostalgia for the grown ups. A+ ~Rachel H (Trip Advisor)
Great museum on the history of the telephone This is a very interesting, well done museum. A great collection of old phones and other equipment. Great for kids to see things they've never heard of with opportunities to dial a phone. Interesting to see old operator switch desks and switch equipment. One room filled with old novelty phones (a few of which I had owned). Just a lot of fun. Bob was a great tour guide. In addition to knowing the collection, he had a lot of insight into the renovation of the building in which it is housed - he helped with a lot of the renovation. It's located in a beautiful, huge park on the Mississippi River, next to a National Guard post and a National Cemetery. ~ IM Jennings (Trip Advisor)
Wonderful Tour. Our favorite side trip in St. Louis Great collection showing the history of telephones from the beginning - well displayed with detailed placards. I highly recommend having a docent show you through, ours was fantastic and put the displays in perspective. ~ MW (Trip Advisor)
Excellent Museum - don't miss While on a motor coach (bus) tour from the Chicago area to visit sights along Route 66 our tour company chose the Telephone Museum for a stop and we are glad they did. It was one of the most interesting stops on our trip.
Their collection of telephones and related exhibits are wonderful. Each item is tagged with a complete description. The best asset of the museum is the docents. Both were former telephone company employees and have a vast knowledge and share it it a worthwhile presentation. Carol was our docent and she is not only knowledgeable but also has a great sense of humor. ~Duane B (Trip Advisor)
Great place to visit What a fun trip down memory lane! Our family, which includes my 80-year old father, and our kids, ages 10 and 15, loved this little museum with plenty of hands-on exhibits. A great way to spend the morning at a museum that opens before most do! ~Maria H (Trip Advisor)
Quite An Amazing Place My son and I just returned from this wonderful museum. Sharon gave us a great tour and highlighted so many unique and interesting artifacts. We were able to experience what an operator heard when money was put into a pay phone and saw how phones of days gone by worked when dialed.
For me it was a walk down memory lane and for my 21 year old it was just totally fascinating. If you don't want to do the tour (although it is great) there is signage on everything and so you can go on your own. Just remember that it closes at 2:00 so get there early. Great experience!! ~LAJ314 (Trip Advisor)
Charming Museum My extended family visited the Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum. It is a small museum developed by telephone company retirees who also serve as the volunteer staff.
This little museum is a gem with many interesting exhibits including telephones dating from the beginning to now. My grandchildren, ages 5, 8, 8 and 10 were utterly charmed by the equipment. Using the dial phones was a new experience for these guys.
The museum staff was two ladies who had retired from Ma Bell and had lots of information peppered with personal stories. I love the small manageable museums that pack a lot into a small space. It is joy well worth a visit. ~Benjamin Gardner (Trip Advisor)
A Hidden Gem of a Museum We chose to go to the museum from its quick mention on Atlas Obscura and were very glad that we made the decision. It was a highlight of our few sightseeing days in St. Louis. We learned a lot about the history of the actual equipment and the industry in general.
Our guide was Carol and she was one of the best docents that we have ever had in a museum, very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. She is a volunteer, as are all of the staff members and a former Bell employee.
The cost is minimal and there is also a small shop area filled with great inexpensive telephone memorabilia. The museum is clean, light and extremely well organized. We cannot recommend a visit any more highly. ~ Melaney R (Trip Advisor)
Amazing Telephone History The museum is located at the Jefferson Military Barracks in a small building that used to be base housing for junior officers. In this unassuming building you will find a welcoming staff to guide you through the telephone history of the region. Our guide for this venture was Ken, a remarkable, friendly, and funny historian, The museum is divided into rooms with telephones and equipment the beginning. There are hands on displays and a tremendous variety of items to see. We were amazed at how much was carefully displayed in this museum. This is a MUST see when in the area, you will NOT be disappointed. ~ PAFABPT (Trip Advisor)
Interesting museum staffed by volunteers. Well worth the $5/person admission fee. The guide even managed to get my there-under-protest teen to participate and enjoy it too! ~Amy F (Google)
What a hidden gem. Put it on your to do list. We learned so much from our knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. This would be a great thing to do with holiday visitors. ~Joan S (Google)
What a great place! So much better than I expected. Found my house I grew up in, in the 1967 phonebook, YO6-3491. ~ Dan H (Facebook)
This place is a treasure that I didn't know existed until a few days ago, and I've lived in St Louis my whole life! My 8 year old grandson is obsessed with things before technology took over. He talked a lot about rotary phones. So this was the perfect place to take him! They have so many old and different phones. And Ken was an amazing and informative tour guide! We both learned a lot and even enjoyed the hands-on exhibits. Definitely recommend a visit for all ages! ~ Denise D (Google)
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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.