At A Glance
Location: 2933 Barrett Station Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122
Hours: Daily 9am – 4pm
Price: Adults $15, Seniors/Military/First Responders $12, Kids $6
The National Museum of Transportation (NMOT) is a private, 42-acre museum located in Kirkwood, Missouri. The NMOT was founded in 1944 with the purpose of restoring, preserving, and displaying a wide array of vehicles from American history that spans 15 decades.
The property is also home to a research library containing transportation-related documents and memorabilia. Near the southwest corner of the property, you’ll find the West Barretts Tunnel, which was built in 1853 and was one of the first tunnels to operate west of the Mississippi River.
The National Museum of Transportation owns its own railway spur that was once owned by the Missouri Pacific Railroad, but is currently by the Union Pacific Railroad. Hence, the Museum is able to take possession of massive, unusual pieces of railway equipment.
What to Expect at The National Museum of Transportation
At the National Museum of Transportation, you will see lots of cars, trucks, boats, aircraft, locomotives, and railway equipment from many periods of American history.
Don’t forget to check out the miniature railroad that operates a track around the parking lot. And don’t miss a ride on a fully-restored full-size trolley that operates from April through October every Thursday through Sunday.
Here are some unique vehicles to find on your visit:
- 1929 American Refrigerator Transit Railroad Car
- 1901 St. Louis Motor Carriage
- 1912 Pierce 12 Motorcycle
- 1964 and ½ Ford Mustang
- 1923 Traffic Truck
- 1890 Hearse
- 1904 A.L. Dyke Steam Car
- 1969 Fire Bug
- 1919 Ford Model TT Truck
- 1933 H.T. Pott Towboat
- 1890s Vintage Steam Roller
- U.S. Mail RFD Number 1
- 1943 U.S. Army Air Force Douglas Aircraft C-47A “Gooney Bird”
- 1905 Leudinghaus Wagon
In all, the Museum is home to over 190 exhibits, so make sure you allot enough time to see everything!