Address
12 Hancock Ave
St Louis, MO 63125
phone: 314-416-8004
e-mail: jbtelmuseum@yahoo.com
web: www.jbtelmuseum.org
Hours
Sunday, Wednesday - Saturday9 AM - 2 PM
Admissions
Adults: $5
Seniors (Age 60 +): $4
Military (with ID): Free
Children (5-12): $3
Children 4 and under : Free
Museum Type(s)
Services
Group Tours
Staff
Sharon Krist, Contact

Description

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.

History

The building housing the Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum was constructed in 1896 by Richard Deutman and Son, Architects to Quartermaster Plan 115 as a two family duplex. It is one of two remaining structures that was part of Officers’ Row and is located on the north side of the former parade grounds. Army officers and their families were residents of this building and the location allowed officers to oversee the soldiers marching and performing their maneuvers from the comfort of their residence.

In 1909, electricity was added to the duplexes and bathrooms were installed in 1925. Sunrooms were added on the second floor and the first floor area beneath each of the new rooms was enlarged in 1938. The officers and their families moved out the duplexes in the mid-1940's.

Artifacts Collections

Besides its extensive collection of telephones manufactured from the late 1880s 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 WWI 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.
  • A large variety of novelty telephones.
  • A sculpture of Alexander Graham Bell and replicas of his 1876 Liquid Transmitter and 1877 first Commercial Telephone.

Educational Programs

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.

    ADA

    The museum is located all on one floor and we have a wheelchair entrance and ramp on the east side of our building. We also have accessible parking and an accessible restroom. Chairs are also located throughout the museum in the event a short break is needed.

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Parking

    Restrooms

    Services

    Group Guided Tours

    Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more and should be scheduled at least two weeks before the tour.

    Group Tours