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Original McDonald's Site and Museum

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Address: 1398 N E St, San Bernardino, CA 92405
Phone Number: (909) 885-6324
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Interesting but don't go out of your way to see it

This was an unplanned stop while driving on Rte 66. The outside is eye catching, but the inside is a combination museum and office for the Juan Pollo chicken restaurants in the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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LaGrangeville, New York
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LaGrangeville, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This was an unplanned stop while driving on Rte 66. The outside is eye catching, but the inside is a combination museum and office for the Juan Pollo chicken restaurants in the area. Kinda strange, but still worth a stop; albeit a quick one.

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

It was great to be standing at the spot of the first ever McDonalds, and interesting to have a look through the McDonalds items on display. We only called in because it was on Route 66 and we were passing by. It's such a pity that McDonalds doesn't get involved as this could be a great museum. Worth a look... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

It's situated in a bad part of town not a nice place. Outside it looks like and old building . I would not make a special trip for this place . Pass on it!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Ok so I'm not a massive McD's fan but we were here with a minute to kill so took a look. It's actually pretty run down and just has a bunch of old McD's happy meal toys inside with a couple of posters. Not sure what I was actually expecting but this wasn't it!

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Melrose Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Kinda cool place to see if you are driving on Route 66. Yes it's not in the greatest of areas, but if you go on the weekend the area is pretty deserted. Neat mural on the wall, cool "land yacht" in the back of the parking lot. Nice to see some of the old McDonald's trademark characters.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Ok, so this is a weird place and not a great neighborhood to visit. But if you are in the area and want to see some history on McDonalds and Route 66, it's a must.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Basically a huge room of thousands of items of McD's memorabilia. Its all there. This is an unofficial museum which i think actually predates first company McDonalds. Worth a stop if in San Bernardino.

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South El Monte, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Small museum filled with treasures of McDonald's past. An old timer stopped by to share the rich history of San Bernardino and McDonald's. Cool to stop by if you're in the area. Not sure I would've travelled 50 miles away to check this out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Albert Okura is a really nice gentleman & the owner. You'll find some old memories here. Who didn't like the Hamburglar or Mayor McCheese? They're all here. Some of the old playground stuff also. And a fabulous mural outside.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Basically, the main reason to visit is to say you've been to the original McDonalds. If you just want to say that you've been there, the biggest thing you can do is take a picture with the original sign. Inside, there is a TON of memorabilia and other historical items. I'm glad it was free since it seemed kind of... More 

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