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IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum

Address: 110 W Howard St, Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone Number: (815) 844-4566
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Ranked #3 of 9 Attractions in Pontiac
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Wadsworth
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

What a wealth of memorabilia! So much fun walking through here seeing so much from Route 66 from 'back in the day'. If you are in the Pontiac area, you absolutely have to make this a must-see. There is a lot to see in Pontiac, and this is a definite. There is no fee to walk thru, but donations are... More 

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Peru, Illinois
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53 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Visited the museum since I am really into the history of the mother road. Being a well-known road the guestbook had people from all over the world from as far as Australia. Mainly focuses on the Illinois portion from Chicago to St. Louis. Loved the vw bus on display and all of the license plates on the wall. There were... More 

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TOPEKA
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The purpose of our trip on this day was starting in Pontiac and following Route 66 to Springfield. We couldn't have asked for a better place to start than this museum. The displays with the artifacts started with Chicago and followed with the small towns in the order in which we would drive through them. It was like driving the... More 

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Dyer, Indiana
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Beginning with the outside Route 66 mural followed by an inside tour of the Waldmire school bus to the unbelievable display of military memorabilia was a wonderful experience. The volunteers were well versed on the history surrounding all items on display. You can easily drift back in time. If you visit Pontiac, this is a must see.

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Chicago, Illinois
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408 helpful votes 408 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

If you are old enough to remember the popular "Route 66" television series of long ago or you once traveled the famed roadway before most of it vanished with the development of the superhighway system, then the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, Illinois, located on I-55, offers an opportunity to recall memories of a bygone... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Very interesting museum. One of the best museums about Historical Route 66. Very well done. The museum includes artifacts, maps and personal history of Bob Waldmire. Great exhibit "Life in the 1940". 110 West Howard st. Ph. 815 844-4566

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Also has the van and "bus" of Bob Waldmire, an avid Rt 66 artist and enthusiast. Two floors of exhibits about Rt 66, particularly Illinois and the early days of last century. Price is right (free) but they do have a donation box. Plan on spending awhile there as there is much to see. Also, don't miss the War Museum... More 

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Waxahachie, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was such a great place to visit and we totally enjoyed seeing the bus inside and outside. It has so much history.

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

All five museums in Pontiac are free to the public. The Route 66 Museum is the starting point for all the others. Anyone who enjoys things from the 1950's and 60's will thoroughly enjoy their visit to Pontiac, Illinois.

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West Salem, Wisconsin
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Of all our stops along Route 66 in Illinois, this was our favorite. There are displays relating to all the Illinois towns on the route we traveled, as well as things relevant to everyday life in an earlier era. So interesting and engaging. It connects as well to an amazing war museum. The staff was great! We were lucky enough... More 

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