At the Museum of Transportation, Saint Louis visitors will be able to see historical exhibits about all kinds of transportation. From the automobile to the covered wagon, the museum has interactive exhibits that appeal to transportation junkies of all ages. While there are many exhibits that are catered exclusively to children, adults with an interest in restored trains and collectibles will also find many things at the museum to enjoy.
The museum is closed on holidays, but does offer guided tours on each of the other days that it is open. Private and group tours are also available, although a non-refundable fee of $25 for the private guide is required. Admission is quite reasonable and well under $10, with children under 4 getting in to the museum for free. It may be a bit above the kindergarten crowd, although it is popular with stroller moms.
Many parents have also noted that the museum tickets are bought in the gift shop, which is a hard temptation for parents with children obsessed with toys or transport gear. Chuck full of Thomas the Train gear, car paraphernalia, and plane toys, several parent boards have suggested having one parent or adult go in to buy tickets for the group rather than allowing children in the gift shop area.
There will be plenty for the children to do in the grounds. Model cars, trains and planes can all be touched and "driven'', and there is a mini-train ride available for a small fee. The grounds are expansive, so be prepared to walk to fully appreciate the extent of the exhibits.
The museum was founded in 1944, and started with trains and retired steam engines. Initially a private venture, it is now run by the St. Louis Parks association. Funding is through private donation and gift shop purchases, and the museum also raises funds by renting out the facilities for private parties.