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Featuring the Museum of Transport in St. Louis

In an age where the internet dominates, and communication is faster than ever, it can be easy to forget the engine's hum and the clatter of railroad tracks. However, you can do just that at the National Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, traveling back in time to where the American spirit was intertwined with the open road and expanding frontier.

The National Museum of Transportation captures the essence of a bustling and growing America with its comprehensive collection of iconic and everyday transportation. Each exhibit lets you take a step through time, from the mule-drawn streetcars that once traversed St. Louis to the powerful locomotives that powered across the country.

What is the National Museum of Transportation

The National Museum of Transportation, located in St. Louis, is a treasure trove dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history of transportation in the United States. Its central location demonstrates the city’s status as a Gateway to the West, where trains and later cars would begin their journey into the vast frontier of open America.

Founded in 1944, the Museum spans 42 acres in Kirkwood, Missouri, and features one of the largest collections of vehicles in the world. The Museum’s 190+ exhibits are thoughtfully curated to educate visitors on the evolution of transportation, from horse-drawn carriages and the earliest railroads to modern advancements in automotive and aerospace technology.

Museum’s Location and Hours

The National Museum of Transportation is conveniently located at 2933 Barrett Station Road in St. Louis, Missouri, 63122. The Museum is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, allowing visitors ample time to explore its extensive collections and interactive exhibits.

Tickets cost $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $7 for kids age 2-12.

Top Exhibits at the Museum of Transport

The National Museum of Transportation in St. Louis boasts an impressive variety of vehicles, showcasing the evolution of American transport through meticulously restored exhibits. From classic trains and vintage automobiles to historic aircraft and more, the museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the technological advancements that have shaped modern transportation.

Some of the best exhibits to check out are:

  • Union Pacific #4006 “Big Boy”: One of the largest steam trains ever built, known for its immense power and size.
  • Milwaukee Road #E70: A rare electric train that showcases early innovations in electric locomotive technology.
  • 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car: One of the few turbine-engine cars made accessible to the public, highlighting a unique and short lived innovation in the automotive industry.
  • 1901 St. Louis Motor Carriage Company Car: One of the oldest automobiles in the collection, built by the oldest manufacturer west of the Mississippi here in St. Louis.
  • Douglas Aircraft C-47A “Gooney Bird”: A historical aircraft significant for its role during WWII, offering insights into military transport history.
  • H.T. Pott Towboat: The first towboat with an all-steel welded hull, reflecting advancements in boat construction and design.

Plan Your Stay At Lehmann House During Your Next Trip to the St. Louis Museum of Transport

The National Museum of Transportation offers a journey through the history of American transport, allowing visitors to experience the technological advancements that have shaped the nation.

Lehmann House Bed and Breakfast, located conveniently in downtown St. Louis, provides the perfect base for visitors looking to delve into the Museum’s rich history. After a day of exploring, Lehmann House offers a comfortable and welcoming environment to relax after a day exploring St. Louis.

For those planning to visit St. Louis, enhance your experience with a stay at Lehmann House Bed and Breakfast. BOOK NOW to get started, and check out our FREE GUIDE for more news about local events, attractions, and amenities.


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