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Joliet Area Historical Museum

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Address: 204 Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL 60432
Phone Number: 815-723-5201
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History Lesson

there was nothing to dislike. it was informational for the area and Route 66 as well. I thought I was well informed about the area but you can learn something new every day.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Channahon, Illinois
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Channahon, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

there was nothing to dislike. it was informational for the area and Route 66 as well. I thought I was well informed about the area but you can learn something new every day.

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Joliet, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is always a must see for house guests from out of town. We usually take visitors here for a one stop history lesson on Joliet, they also have special exhibits and events that are constantly changing. The staff is always very helpful and accommodating! Becoming a member is the best way to go, not only are you supporting a... More 

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Zeeland, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Decided to make a stop here while out for a joy ride. So glad we did, they have a special display right now on the 3 prison's in the area that is VERY informative!!!! Two of them are closed down and rotting away, the 3rd is still in operation. The rest of the museum, although small is very interesting, with... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Beautiful and clean museum. Not large but some very interesting things to see. Building use to be a church. Stain glass windows are amazing! They intrigued me as much as the displayed items. Museum curator available to answer any / all questions. Admission is extremely reasonable. I bought a GROUPON for two admissions at the price of one admission. You... More 

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Peru, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Joliet's downtown has come a long way since I was little. The museum is located inside a former church right by Joliet Junior College's downtown location. Right when you go up the stairs you are greeted by statues of the blues brothers and a model of one of Joliet's famous drawbridges. You watch a short film before entering through a... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Nice little museum, although we could have done without the (maybe?) mandatory video. The Blues Brothers statue is cool, as is the statue of Santa Fortunata, which is downstairs. The gift shop is nice too, similar to other places along old 66.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

While in Joliet for a show, I found myself at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. What a cute and wonderful find. Also surprisingly large on the inside, something you would not expect from the outside and in the neighborhood that it is in. There is a lot of history of the Joliet area in this museum, plus they put on... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

JMJ Purchased tickets on Groupon figuring I get to Joliet on a regular basis and was I Happy! The Groupon was about to expire so I thought I'd better take time. Was I pleasantly surprised! I only expected a small, old museum being the Chicago snob I am. The Route 66 stop and exhibit was also part of the building... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We stopped here as part of our Route 66 journey. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. We purchase some Route 66 memorabilia and found their prices quite comparable to other Route 66 museums.

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Stopped to see the Route 66 portion of the museum. Very nice Rt 66 exhibit. Didn't have time to see the greater part of the museum which is about the Joliet area. Nice gift shop with a lot of Rt 66 memorabilia. Would liked to have time to see the whole museum but they were closing early to have a... More 

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