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Original McDonald's Site and Museum

1398 N E St, San Bernardino, CA 92405
(909) 885-6324
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The Original McDonald's Site and Museum is a very intereresting, unexpected place. It is extremely full of McDonald's history, memorabilia, information and old photos. If the "value" of a museum is teaching you information you did not know before, then the Original McDonald's Site and Museum was spectacular. The challenge is the museum is in a run down part of... More

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Melbourne
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Interesting but Looking old and outdated.. Needs some money spent on the place if you want tourists to visit......

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Roseville, California
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Interesting to see...lots of memorabilia, but nothing spectacular. Too bad they don't serve burgers there...that would add a lot to it! We walked all through the museum and didn't see a single person there...weren't welcomed or anything. Oh well. Was still interesting to see where the very first McDonalds was located.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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102 reviews 102 reviews
31 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

When it first started, as I started to finance it, (bags of four + burgers at 19 cents I never knew it would grow to what it is. I suggest a Version B for the upgraded crowd and want free burgers and fries for life for the idea. Bobb of Kona and now Captain Cook in Kona coffee lands...

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Chula Vista
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Our family grew up on McDonalds so we enjoyed seeing all of the knicknacky collector stuff that has been handed out over the years. Brought back lots of memories for both of us. It is a really "tacky" museum but what would you expect...it houses all of the plastic-ness of McDonalds: the straws, hats, aprons, milkshake machines, lots of memorabilia,etc.... More

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

It's in quite a run down area but if you're a McDonalds fan it's worth a photo just say you've been there.

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Oxnard, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The McDonald's corporation does not fund this project. The owner of Juan Pollo Resturants operates this unofficial museum. There have been many battles in order to reach this point and not loose the whole thing. Many thanks to Juan Pollo for all his efforts to keep the history real. The pace is not large, but it represents the past very... More

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Canton, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I've wanted to find the original location for McDonalds ever since we moved to California five years ago. Finally, we took a drive to San Bernadino and found it. It looked different than I thought it would (the original building is gone). There is a museum on the grounds now that is owned by the Juan Pollo Chicken company. Part... More

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McCall, Idaho
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84 reviews 84 reviews
29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

well, this is a pretty cool site. if you have ever been to the golden arches then you should probably stop by! the first time i went the staff wasn't very friendly or helpful and it was pretty ran down, so we went to the war history area instead. the second time was much better! had someone to do the... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
40 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

If you have ever visited a McDonalds then this is a taste of nostalgia! Some of the kid's toys brought back good memories. The museum was very informative but as has been said, it is not in the best neighbourhood, quite a run down area. We spent about an hour there and had a good laugh at the crazy mirror!... More

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