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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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Great Little Museum

The Tour guide was very helpful, the exhibits informative and interactive. We spent a few hours browsing the Houboldt Space exhibits, the Civil war exhibit, and the information... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Plainfield, Illinois
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Plainfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The Tour guide was very helpful, the exhibits informative and interactive. We spent a few hours browsing the Houboldt Space exhibits, the Civil war exhibit, and the information about the I & M Canal, Joliet Prison, limestone quarrying and steel industry. An interesting and entertaining afternoon for those curious about the history of the Joliet area.

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Belmont, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Loved the car inside with the radio buttons from different decades. The gift shop has lots of Route 66 items for sale. Enjoyed seeing the 'cars' set up like they were at the drive-in. Hoping the street post gets restored.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

I highly recommend this museum in the heart of Joliet-make a day of it-come for the casino or the slammers baseball but make a side trip the the museum Highly worth while for all ages! Well done displays with so much history and information inside-my favorite is the nasa exhibit featuring a Joliet native who designed and invented the LEM... More 

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

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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Address: Address: 204 Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL 60432
Phone Number: 815-723-5201
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Joliet

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