66,500 Hours, 13 Year Renovation Creates Telephone Museum

Members of Telecom Pioneers Update 1896 Building to House Jefferson Barracks Telephone Exhibit

The Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum offers a trip through telephone history every Wednesday through Sunday. (Photo on Facebook.com)

The Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum offers a trip through telephone history every Wednesday through Sunday. (Photo on Facebook.com)

TRUMAN KUSESKI, Anchor & Creative Director

A non-profit organization, Members of the Telecom Pioneers worked for a total of 66,500 hours over the span of 13 years to renovate an old building from 1896 to what it is today. The old building, now The Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum is located in St. Louis, Missouri.

The museum houses different types of phones from different periods. The museum even has some military phones from WWI and the Gulf War. Along with these, they also hold many pieces of telephone equipment and telephone-related items such as operator switchboards and a sculpture of Alexander Graham Bell and his replicas of his 1876 Liquid Transmitter and 1877 first commercial telephone. The museum is meant to spark an interest in engineering and history.

Visitors are free to explore the museum however they wish. There are also guided tours comprised of up to 10 people for which potential visitors can sign up as much as two weeks in advance. The museum also includes some interactive educational displays for anyone to have fun with. The museum is all located on one floor with a wheelchair-accessible ramp.

The Telephone Museum is hosting many events over the coming weeks. Along with this, the museum rotates exhibits and displays frequently to ensure that the museum remains interesting. The visiting hours for the museum are 9 a.m to 2 p.m Wednesday through Sunday.