Jefferson Barracks Museums

Jefferson Barracks Historic Site
345 North Road
Saint Louis, MO 63125


The Old Ordnance Room and Powder Magazine museums are closed the month of January. 


Museum admission is free but a donation is suggested.  All donations go to the Friends of Jefferson Barracks and are used in part to help preserve this historic site and its buildings. Admission fees to special events may apply. Guided tours by are appointment only.

For accessibility accommodations, call 314-615-8800 or 800-735-2966 TTY

General Information & History
Jefferson Barracks was a U.S. Army post from 1826 to 1946. The 426 acre park includes trails, disc golf, picnic shelters, The Pavilion at Lemay recreation center, an ampitheater and museums that offer exhibits, educational programs and special events. 

Jefferson Barracks, established in 1826, as the country’s first “Infantry School of Practice,” served as a major U.S. military installation until it was deactivated in June 1946. Named as a tribute to former President Thomas Jefferson, the post played an important role in the westward expansion.

Educational Programs & Activities
Group Tours
Come visit Jefferson Barracks and tour this grand old army barracks by bus or haywagon. Our tours are popular with many adult groups and organizations. Advance registration required by calling (314) 615-8800 or email us.

Bus Tours
$3 per person; (24 person min. or $72)

Hayride Tours
$120 per ride.


Old Ordnance Room
Admission: Free ($3 Suggested Donation)
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, Noon - 4 p.m.


Current Exhibit:
 "Over Here: WWI from Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis and Missouri
Raging in Europe since 1914, the “War to End all Wars,” threatened to draw America across the Atlantic Ocean and into a bloody and stalemated global conflict. This centennial exhibition explores the events that forced America’s entry into the “Great War” and the resulting preparations impacting Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri and the nation. Learn about Missouri’s own Gen. John J. Pershing who led the American Expeditionary Force and the thousands of “Doughboys” who brought the American fighting spirit to the battlefield. “Over Here” will be followed by “Over There” in 2018 which will highlight the actions of St. Louisans, Missourians, and Americans during World War I in Europe and the war’s lasting impacts.


Powder Magazine Museum
Admission: Free (Donations accepted)
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, Noon - 4 p.m.

The Powder Magazine Museum displays St. Louis County Parks’ core collection of artifacts that tell the story of the history of Jefferson Barracks from its inception in 1826 until its closure in 1946.


Visitors Center
Free admission (Donations accepted.)
The Jefferson Barracks Visitor Center houses the park's gift shop and information center as well as period special events and rentals.



Laborers House and Ordnance Stable
Free admission.

The Laborers House and Ordnance Stable were built in 1851. The house was for civilian laborers that handled the movement and storage of powder and ordnance here at Jefferson Barracks. After the Civil War the ordnance keeper and his family lived here.



Other Museums located within Jefferson Barracks Park

Missouri Civil War Museum
The Missouri Civil War Museum, located at Jefferson Barracks, is the state’s premier Civil War museum dedicated to honor the thousands of men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Through the weapons, equipment, items, and uniforms of those who lived during our nation’s defining moment in history, we aim to tell their story in an unbiased interpretation.

For hours, pricing and exhibit information, visit their website at mcwm.org.

Visit today and learn about our state’s vast role in the Civil War, from Francis P. Blair, Jr. to Claiborne Jackson, Nathaniel Lyon to Sterling Price, and William Quantrill to Jim Lane.

Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum

Housed in a beautifully restored 1896 building, the museum features an extensive collection of telephones, telephone-related equipment and memorabilia. For hours, pricing or tour information, "like" them on Facebook , call (314) 416-8004 or visit their website at jbtelmuseum.org.

Be a Volunteer!
Share your knowledge and love of history by volunteering in one of St. Louis County’s oldest and most historic parks. We rely on volunteers to keep our museums and gift shop open and to keep our grounds looking beautiful. To learn how you can become a JB volunteer, call (314) 615-8800 or email us.



 


View Park Events

Park Postings:

(as of 11/02/17 10:55 a.m.)


  * The restrooms at Lemay Park are closed for repair. Port-a-potties are in place. Shelter reservations are still available.

*Riverside trail at Simpson is open, however there is a 50 ft. section at the eastern most end that had to be re-routed and the footing is sand and dirt. Also, users should be cautious of sand smears across trail after rain events.

* Unger Park is open to the shelter parking lot, but the trail is closed beyond the riverside parking lot

* Sherman Beach and Al Foster trails are passable but have areas with sand and debris on them

* The Bottomland Trail along Grant's Trail was severely damaged during periods of heavy rain. For safety reasons, this short trail has been closed. Plans are being developed to relocate the trail away from Gravois Creek.

* The east side of Cliff Cave Road including the field, River Bluff trail and Spring Valley trail are closed at Cliff Cave Park for Construction.