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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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Go if you're a true fan, but don't go out of your way.

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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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San Antonio, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

McD's has been a part of the baby boomer generation. Glad to see some parts of the history are preserved. This was a fun stop for my mom and sisters. We were glad we made the stop. The owner and his partner/friend both spend time talking to us about the history and sharing their knowledge with us. If you want... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

My trip along Route 66 was about enjoying the many interesting & iconic places along the "Mother Road". From from a historical aspect it was very cool to see the rise of this globally known restaurant. It was fun to look at all the assorted items for promotions, toys and apparel that has been McDonald's all these years. It's well... More 

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

What a difference a few decades make! Cool to see where fast food began - a little bit of Americana!

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California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

A museum devoted to a leading cause of obesity was not to be missed! Surprisingly well-organized, with tons of artifacts from over the years Worth going to if only so you can say you've been here.

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Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Enjoyed looking at the memorabilia. The displays were well organized over the decades. There were also many news articles framed and other items to show the progression of the chain.

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Canberra, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Took my 3 sons here when visiting the San Bernadino area. There was tons of interesting things, I even saw some old happy meal toys that I remember from my younger days. The kids loved seeing all the McDonalds stuff but they were disappointed they couldn't get a happy meal there. The displays are a bit all over the place,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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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.

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Goodyear, Arizona
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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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.

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Moseley
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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.

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