The Museum was founded in 1944 by a group of historically minded citizens who had acquired the mule-drawn streetcar “Bellefontaine.”
In 1948, the Transport Museum Association (TMA) incorporated as a non-profit educational organization to better serve the financial and volunteer needs of the Museum. Land was acquired on Barrett Station in St. Louis County, along the right-of-way of the historic Missouri Pacific Railroad, and over the years, the mule-drawn streetcar was joined by hundreds of other significant exhibits.
On September 1, 1979, the St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation formally assumed the operation and development of the Museum, accepting it as a gift from the original founders in February 1984.
TNMOT SINCE 1944
To be the leader in protecting and interpreting North America’s transportation heritage.
The National Museum of Transportation will be the leader in protecting and interpreting North American transportation heritage. As stewards of our heritage, we will provide engaging education programs, interactive and interpretive exhibits, and conserve transportation history for the next generations.
The Museum’s successful operation depends on eight equally important units known as our ‘drive wheel’: Education • Exhibits Interpretation • Grounds & Facilities • People • Events & Outreach • Guest Services • Restoration & Preservation • Library & Archives. The unified force of the ‘drive wheel’ successfully moves the Museum forward.
What we value is reflected in one word: Respect.
We respect the people, artifacts, campus, and stewardship that preserve the transportation past for future generations.
People. We respect our fellow volunteers, staff, guests, and stakeholders. We will share knowledge and collaborate, as well as be considerate and supportive of those with different and differing ideas.
Artifacts. We will respect the history and historical significance of artifacts entrusted to us to protect and preserve. Objectivity, accuracy, and integrity will prevail.
Campus. We will respect the grounds, buildings, and equipment by keeping these clean, orderly, and in working condition. We will be a good steward of our environment by emphasizing pollinator and native plants to our campus to foster not only attractive, but also sustainable, landscaping.
Stewardship. We will respect the significance of our treasured collection, acknowledge our role in preserving it, and remain accountable for the gifts we receive.
We preserve and protect our transportation heritage enabling us to teach our children and our children’s children about the significant role transportation played in the development of our Country. We actively preserve history every day for the next generations!
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS BOARD
The NMOT Young Professionals (YoPRO) Board is an enthusiastic and talented group of diverse young professionals who share a passion for preserving history for the next generations. The purpose of the group is to bring these community leaders together to raise visibility of the Museum, attract a diverse audience, and assist with fundraising and promotional activities that ensure the continued success of The National Museum of Transportation.
Every member of The National Museum of Transportation Young Professionals Board is committed to:
- Serving as an enthusiastic advocate for the Museum, networking on behalf of the organization, and committing to the mission and goal of the organization,
- Attending social meetings of the YoPRO Board at least once per quarter,
- Contributing expertise to the group ensuring the organizations success,
- Assisting with fundraising and promotional activities as defined by the group,
- Being a member of The National Museum of Transportation.
The time commitment is estimated at 12-40 hours annually. Age range for YoPRO Board members is 25 – 45 years of age. Goal is to have 30 members on the Board.
To apply for consideration to The National Museum of Transportation Young Professional Board, please complete the following application. Qualifying candidates will be contacted within two weeks to meet to discuss participation.
Applicants are applying for the Class of 2022. This is a two-year commitment beginning on July 1, 2022.