Last updated: 12/20/2018
St. Louis, Missouri
Street Address
12 Hancock Ave
St. Louis, MO 63125
Mailing Address
12 Hancock Ave
St. Louis, MO 65125
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
Services
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Sharon Krist, Social Media Director
Description

Housed in a restored 1896 building, the museum features an extensive collection of telephones manufactured from the early 1900s through the 2000s, hundreds of pieces of telephone-related equipment, memorabilia from 1880s through the 2000s and military telephones from WWII through the Vietnam War. It is located in the historic Jefferson Barracks Park, a 15-minute drive south of downtown St. Louis.

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.

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

Mission

The Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum acquires, preserves and exhibits telephone and telephone-related artifacts. We engage families and children in experiences that inspire an interest in the fields of engineering and history.

History

The Telecom Pioneers is a non-profit 501(C)(3) telephone company employee service organization. Over 66,500 volunteers hours from the Telecom Pioneers organization were spent repairing and renovating a former Army Officer’s Quarters located in the Jefferson Barracks Historic Site which now houses the Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum. The building, constructed in 1896, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Artifact 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 from the 1880s through the 2000s.
  • 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.

    Gift Shop

    Group Tours

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