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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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Joliet natives will be very impressed

If you are from Joliet or have spent a significant part of your life here, you will love this museum. If you are not from Joliet, the museum is interesting but not as much. I love... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 27, 2015
Joliet, Illinois
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Joliet, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

If you are from Joliet or have spent a significant part of your life here, you will love this museum. If you are not from Joliet, the museum is interesting but not as much. I love seeing how all the places I know have changed and evolved. The exhibits are well thought out, and there's actually a lot to see.... More 

Thank missvon21
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Great place to spend some time. It is well kept and organized. It has some very interesting memorabilia about Joliet and the surrounding area. Attended a charity event one evening and had to bring my family in the next week, great family event. Great place to have an event.

Thank Martin M
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69 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The Museum has information on the Joliet area and quite a bit on Route 66. There is plenty of parking located a short walk from the museum. If you collect NPS Passport cancellation stamps, there is one for the I&M Canal located in the gift shop. If you are in the area, it is worth a visit.

Thank dmacwi
New York City, New York
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75 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

this was the first of many museums we stopped at on our Route 66 trip. It was fun and the staff was friendly. It's worth the stop, and the AC was really great on a HOT day. They have a nice gift shop as well.

Thank partygirlhe
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Very interesting. Good details of the tornado that went through Joliet. Watched a interesting video.

Thank BornItalian
Shorewood, Illinois
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55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

We have been to the museum for concerts that they have there several times per year. They have a beautiful rooftop area that is open in the summer months and they have concerts featuring different types of music. It is $10 admission, unless you are a museum patron, then it's only $8. They have a cash bar and complimentary hors... More 

Thank Ramona D
Houston, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

I gave this an average rating but that is only because I am not from around here nor am I interested in history that only goes back such a short time (I'm more of an ancient history buff). I had my 15 year old son with me and it was not terribly interesting for him. But I give the town... More 

Thank Diane S
Waterloo, Iowa
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Loved the rt 66 interactive. Jolie's local hero who made the Appollo happen. Civil war artifacts. Documents and artifacts related to obolishing slavery.

Thank Shawnpro21
Adelaide, Australia
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257 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We stopped in here on the first day we started doing Route 66. The staff members were the most friendly people that I have met. They sat down with us and ran through the spots to stop at in Illinios on Route 66. They have a little gift shop with Route 66 items plus a few museum exhibits to look... More 

Thank Jason S
Joliet, Illinois, United States
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

I celebrated my birthday Saturday, July 11. The rooftop of the museum is beautiful. It is a great venue to have a party. The event coordinator is extremely helpful and accommodating and I would love to have another party there. My guests were so surprised that a party venue like this was available in Joliet. Go to one of the... More 

Thank DDorris

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