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“Entertaining house guests.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Joliet Area Historical Museum

Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL 60432
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Ranked #3 of 15 attractions in Joliet
Type: History Museums
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Tucson, AZ
16 reviews 16 reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Entertaining house guests.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Places to take out of town guests are few and far between in this area. A trip to the Joliet Historical Museum was a very pleasant surprise. I enjoyed it just as much as our guests did.

Visited July 2011
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Niles, Mi
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61 reviews 61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

My wife and I were very impressed with the Joliet Area Museum that is housed in the former Ottawa Street Methodist Church in downtown Joliet. The museum serves as an introduction to the many stories of the Joliet area and its’ people. The tour of the museum begins with an introductory film that presents a lot of interesting information, which is displayed in the museum’s exhibits. You will walk through a life-size model that portrays the building of the Illinois & Michigan Canal. Walk down a turn-of-the-century street past store fronts and you will be able to stroll into a few of them. There is a virtual ride on a replica trolley. You will find out about John Houbolt, a former NASA engineer who grew up in Joliet and his vital role in propelling and landing Astronauts on the moon. There is a mock-up of the Lunar Excursion Module and you can attempt to land the LEM on the moon’s surface. There are also touch-screen visuals and award-winning audio-visuals. Being able to examination the church’s stained glass windows up close from the third floor was enjoyable. The first floor contains the Route 66 Visitor Center that offers a variety of Route 66 travel information. There is a Resource and Discovery Room that offers activities for children. The lobby has a statue of the Blues Brothers to pose with and a photo booth where you can email a photo to your friends. Items with the Route 66 logo are available for sale in the gift shop. Free parking is available in the parking lot on the corner of Ottawa and Webster. The museum is a short walk from Harrah’s Casino. Allow at least an hour to enjoy this excellent museum.

Visited February 2012
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Joliet, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“worth seeing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

We went there many times and enjoy the exhibits.
They have an "ECONOMY MOTOR buggy in the lobby that was manufactured in Joliet.

Visited February 2012
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