We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Original McDonald's Site and Museum

1398 N E St, San Bernardino, CA 92405
(909) 885-6324
Website
Improve this listing
60%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Attraction details

Hotels near Original McDonald's Site and Museum

Write a Review

65 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    17
    23
    16
    8
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Seattle, Washington
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This place was really cool and interesting. The best part was that is was free. So many memorabilia. Well worth the visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Goodyear, Arizona
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

They could use some seriously work on this, I am glad it didn't cost anything. They have so many cool things in this building, but it was sort of a mess.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Moseley
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

It's worth the price of admission, being free, and seeing Happy Meal toys and odds and ends from early McD's was interesting for two minutes, but I wouldn't go much out of my way to visit this place.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bolton
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Full of old Mac stuff, and told the story of how it all started. Also had some things about the old route 66. Well worth a visit. Only stayed an hour.

Was this review helpful? Yes
too far from the wild west!
Top Contributor
229 reviews 229 reviews
32 attraction reviews
493 helpful votes 493 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Mickey D's is part of Americana (whether you like them or not :) so it was fun to wander through. Everyone recognized something they had / have and there were many historical pieces that were new to us. Lots of background on the original, first sale, Ray Kroc ect. This short visit added alot to the Wigwam Motel / Rt... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
San Francisco, California
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Could be great place, and it does have a one-page history of McD, but basically it's just a couple rooms with a jumble of memorabilia, hard to know the significance of anything. Not officially connected to McDonald family or business. Disappointing you can't buy anything but root beer. Somebody should fix this place up! Could be great tourist attraction; a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, CA
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

All kinds of McDonald's items from the very beginning of it's history. I especially liked the photos of past workers. It's in the first McDonald's Ray Kroc built. Cute and fits right in if you're "doing" Route 66.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lisbon, Portugal
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
38 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

It is a great experience to enter and see part of the McDonalds history inside, from all over the world and photos from several places, from Japan to Croatia. The place is disorganized and it may be strange to enter and no one inside. The outside is not worth to see and it feels as an abandoned place.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Redlands, California
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

They do not serve food. It's a museum and a memorabilia store. You don't need a whole lots of time, but it's worth the stop. Cute and a piece of history.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Santa Ana, California
Top Contributor
307 reviews 307 reviews
36 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is hardly a museum; more like a storage unit of McDonalds memorabilia. Although I started to look through, I hardly care about photo's of past employees and the schlock on display. It is free, but it is also pretty much a waste of time.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Original McDonald's Site and Museum also viewed

 

Been to Original McDonald's Site and Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing