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Joliet Area Historical Museum

204 Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL 60432
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Joliet
Type: History Museums
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Traverse City, Michigan
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Joliet, Illinois, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

The Joliet Area Historical Museum is a wonderful place to visit. The exhibits are on a par with any of the museums in Chicago. It is exciting to learn the history of our town while taking a trolley ride or walking through the I & M canal. The space exhibit featuring a local NASA hero was extremely impressive. The museum... More

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Joliet, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
32 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This museum shows you the open room of the famous historic Route 66. You can view some tv recordings on small sets, have a drink and sit in some old cars restored for this museum. It doesn't take very long, but is colorful and timely. Then you can visit the much more extensive Joliet area museum, full of history and... More

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Turnhout, Belgium
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Really fun route 66 exhibition with some fun photo ops! The gift shop had some fun things and we decided to leave a little of our hard earned money here.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Travelled Route 66 in August 2013- stopped here and found all staff very helpful and proud of what they do. Lovely gift shop, and information centre. Unfortunately didn't have time to go through museum but will make sure we stop next time on the route.

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Clifton Park, New York
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170 reviews 170 reviews
51 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Most metropolitan areas have some sort of museum or cultural focal point. I have not seen anything like this facility in my life. It is comparable to any large city attraction. The people are so sincere and so wrapped up in their heritage that it wears off on the attendee. Joliet has much civic pride and history, and it is... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

Visited here after old Joliet prison. The people of Joliet are very proud and this place is very well cared for. There is a nice Route 66 area too

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