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Address: 2075 Peoria Rd, Springfield, IL
Phone Number: 217-522-0475
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Description: This wonderful private museum, owned by the Shea family, is loaded with...
This wonderful private museum, owned by the Shea family, is loaded with gas station and oil company collectibles and is an internationally renowned, must-see Route 66 landmark.
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Run down

Now being run we understand by the late Mr Shea's son, the garage is fenced off and only can be properly viewed by prior appointment. Looks rather run down and dirty which is a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2014
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farnham
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116 reviews 116 reviews
55 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Now being run we understand by the late Mr Shea's son, the garage is fenced off and only can be properly viewed by prior appointment. Looks rather run down and dirty which is a shame for such an iconic Route 66 marker.

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Cantrall, IL
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

What a unique collection of road signs and related Route 66 era memorabilia... This has to be one of a kind. It could take a couple hours to walk around and view all of the many unique items here....

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columbus ohio
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49 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Drove by, planned to stop....all behind chain link...oh well! I guess one could stand outside and look in, but....someone needs to buy it sell and move it!

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Chickamauga, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I would NOT recommend that anyone spend even one dollar of their gas toward driving by and seeing this NOTHING of an attraction. I would also recommend that the city of Springfield reconsider calling this place a recommended site for tourist. To recommend or even acknowledge this place as a tourist site takes away any and all credibility of their... More 

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Missouri
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109 reviews 109 reviews
37 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Sincde death of owner, the museum has been closed. You can see interesting outside items through the chain link fence, but hope someone takes it over and re-opens so inside exhibits can be enjoyed again.

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LEJ45
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It's more of a junk yard, than a stop. There are some neat "Mother Road" related pieces (i.e. old signs, car parts, gas pumps), but it nothing worth more than a drive by. There are much cooler Route 66 stops elsewhere, but still, why not?

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St. Louis MO
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Been there twice and it wasn't open either time. I give up.supposed to be open till noon, we were there at 9 am.

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

this is a great old route garage with loads of old cars and stuff. It was closed when we got there but we still got loads of good pic

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This would have been my second visit to Shea's but I learned it was closed and in probate due to the death of Mr. Shea. If you are interested ingoing (and I recommend it) call the CVB at 1-800-545-7300. The collection is amazing. What can't be replaced is the personality of Mr. Shea.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Unfortunately it was closed when I visited, but the wire fences make it easy to see most of the 'exhibits'. There's a lot of roadside and road-trip artefacts and memorabilia here. If Route 66 is a passion, you must stop here when in Springfield.

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