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.'
The best museum I have ever seen. They have just about everything you could possibly ask for right there. I primarily visited the rail section, and everything they had there was beautifully restored, they looked like they were built yesterday. Just about everything that was there I never thought I would ever see. It was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had, and I would recommend it to everyone. These guys clearly work their hardest, and deserve any donation you could give them. The staff is friendly, and would engage in conversation about anything, and could answer any question you have for them. Amazing job, guys!
I come here and it makes me cry. Since my grandma and grandpa passed on. They would take me here. Usually my grandma. Just makes me cry. I have no children to of my own to bring here. I want to come here with my wife and kids, if I had as such. I have a piece of the pale green glass ballast used here in the 1970s. Now there are white limestone rock as track ballast.
One of the coolest museums we've been to. With a train ride (extra fee) and the car show that day, this ended up being hours of fun. Make sure you read the map and know where you're going because it's a nice walk up a decent hill before it branches off to the different sections. Trains to go inside, multiple buildings with informative historical displays, bunch of old vehicles and machinery. In the courtyard, a band was playing and a Barbeque Food Truck was selling food. This was a great family outing destination we are jealous we don't have back home.
The museum was nice and clean. There was plenty to look at and read. I just wish there were more "tour guides" to give us information about the vehicles. We found 1 person working in the train yard. Aside from that, the buildings seemed lonely.
This place was a lot cooler than I expected, as an adult. We only visited the outdoor trains, with 4 kits aged 1 to 5 in tow, but I was very impressed with the condition of the restorations, bright and vivid colors on the trains, and sheer number of them available to see and sometimes walk through. The outdoor trains areas (that part is divided into 2 levels on a hill) would probably be more on the difficult side to navigate in a wheelchair or with a large stroller partly because of the hillyness and partly because of uneven terrain and crossing multiple sets of train tracks in multiple areas in order to get around. The small train that goes around the perimeter of the museum grounds, with the conductor giving a tour of the grounds and information about some of the machines that aren't in condition to be toured or walked around, was really nice even in the rain.