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Joliet Area Historical Museum

Address: 204 Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL 60432
Phone Number: 815-723-5201
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Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in Joliet
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums

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Peru
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59 reviews 59 reviews
38 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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116 reviews 116 reviews
40 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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143 reviews 143 reviews
45 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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180 reviews 180 reviews
95 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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261 reviews 261 reviews
35 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
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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Traverse City, Michigan
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11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I was only in Joliet for a day as a side-trip from Chicago. This museum is the best place to learn about the history of Joliet and Route 66. It's a great museum and it has a great low price. This is a must see attraction in Joliet.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I loved going to this museum. Great slice of history, and while the ideas are centered around Joliet, much of information stretches beyond the town. We went on Saturday afternoon at about 3:00 and we were the only people there. Free to explore at my own pace, which is something I really like at museums. The exhibits are very well-done.... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The museum was located in a church which was neat and it had a store on the first floor. Also, on the first floor there was a replica of a diner, jukebox, vintage tv set, a map of Rt 66 and what the interest points along the route to California. I had to chuckle when I saw the Blues Brothers!

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Plainfield, IL
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Took my mother there for a blast from the past, and ended up loving it myself. Very informative about our local NASA astronaut, local band that put JTHS on the map, as well as the limestone building of the canal and our famous Joliet prison. Cool info about Route 66's beginnings also. A must see if you have time and... More 

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