Museum of Transportation
The Museum was founded in 1944 by a group of historically minded citizens who had acquired the mule-drawn streetcar "Bellefontaine."
In 1948, the Transport Museum Association (TMA) incorporated as a non-profit educational organization to better serve the financial and volunteer needs of the Museum. Land was acquired on Barrett Station in St. Louis County, along the right-of-way of the historic Missouri Pacific Railroad, and over the years, the mule-drawn streetcar was joined by hundreds of other significant exhibits.
On September 1, 1979, the St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation formally assumed the operation and development of the Museum, accepting it as a gift from the original founders in February 1984. Today, its mission is 'to be the leader in protecting and interpreting North America's transportation heritage.'
We took our time took our lunch ate it on a picnic table in the shade, was really nice. The kids got to climb on the trains. We rode a Street Car , the Engineer was very informative and friendly. One employee named John was the nicest to our grandson. We visited the train that President Truman made speeches from.saw the Giant Locomotive's.we gave a donation, because the help is volunteers. They appreciated us. It was a great day for family and a great educational experience.
We were vacationing in St Louis and looking for some things to do. We have yoing boys and they loved this place. There is a bunch of different types of engines and cars to explore. There was also trolley rides, a miniature train ride, and hand cars for them to rise. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone that has any interest in trains, or kids who do. If not I would also recommend it as you probably will when you leave.
Awesome displays. One can climb several of the train engines and cars. There is great historic info and the scenery is beautiful.
Great place, so many trains and other historic transportation methods. There is a lot is walking and wheelchair access can be a little difficult. There are a few outdoor levels.
Excellent museum for the automobile and train guy in your family. We bought a membership even after being there. Excellent vacation stop and a reason to travel to St. Louis beyond the arch!