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Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum

St. Louis, MO

5 (5 reviews)

Where are we going?

Address: 12 Hancock Ave, St. Louis, MO 63125, USA How do we get there? Number: (314) 416-8004
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About this activity

Ring ring...can you get that kids, it might be the Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum calling!

Yep, head to St. Louis and you can take a trip down memory and experience the history of the telephone - something we take for granted today, but it wasn't always mobile phones and Snapchat!

At this fascinating museum, you can see vintage equipment as well as memorabilia from the days when people used public phone booth, or connect to operators and even crank handles to make the call!

The building itself is worth spending time looking at too. Built in 1896, and beautifully restored, it now features that extensive collection of some pretty amazing artifacts!

The Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum is a self-guided museum, and those kids who love science and how things work will get a kick out of seeing the many hands-on displays, where they can see first hand how some of the phones used to operate.

You can see military phones from WWI, and operator switchboards from the 1920s! There are even phones from the late 1880s! 

If kids have an interest in history or engineering, this museum is for them too!

Want to know something else cool about the museum? The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places, so you know it's going to be pretty cool!

So kids, who you gonna call? Nope, not the Ghostbusters - the Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum!

You rang?

Activity location


From Highway I-270 / I-255 -
Take Telegraph Road (MO-231), Exit 2. Go north for 1 mile.
Turn Right onto Jefferson Barracks Road. Walgreens will be on the corner. Drive .2 miles.
Jefferson Barracks Road becomes Sherman Avenue. Continue on Sherman Avenue for .4 miles.
Turn Left onto Worth Avenue and drive .1 mile.
Turn Right onto Hancock Avenue and drive 200 feet.
Turn Left onto Cameron Street.
Immediately turn Right onto the service road.
The museum is the last building. Free parking is available directly behind the building, parallel to the sidewalk. There is also a small parking lot north of the museum.

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How much does it cost?






$3.00 (Ages 5 to 12)



Active Military with ID receive free entry, Seniors $4.00


Free Under

4 years


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Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum FAQ’s

It's a good idea to grab something to eat in the area before or after your visit!

It's best to call ahead to verify the opening hours just in case

They can arrange group tours for 10 or more people, if you book at least 2 weeks in advance! Why not take the students for some history and engineering fun!

If you have any questions about accessibility, just speak to staff!

Allow 1 - 2 hours to see everything.

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