Original McDonald's Site and Museum

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Original McDonald's Site and Museum

Original McDonald's Site and Museum
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waynefromcali
Yucaipa, CA3,178 contributions
Solo
The historic site of the original McDonalds restaurant
museum,located in San Bernardino,California,makes for an amazing visit to learn about McDonalds history and the two famous brothers,Dick and Mac McDonald,that started it all back in 1948 along with Ray Kroc years!The site is owned by the founder of Juan Pollo Rotisserie Chicken,Albert Okura,who was a great fan of the McDonalds original site.Loads of interesting pictures,memoribilia,collecion items,original packaging,foutain machines and so much more!
The building features a great wall mural painted all around .
The staff their is so knowledgable about intersting facts and stories about McDonalds history! This a great stop on your "Route 66" trip,plenty of free parking and best of all Its absolutely free to visit this great landmark!
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Written February 7, 2022
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jennlovesfood
San Diego, CA3,285 contributions
We didn't get to do all of Route 66 like we planned to because of the pandemic, however, we did a little bit of it on our way to Utah outdoor parks. I am so glad we chose to stop at this super fun spot in San Bernardino! This was seriously like taking a step back in to my childhood.

This site is now a museum, it used to be a McDonald's and it is on the site where the very first McDonald's restaurant was. The museum is made up of collections that people have donated of McDonald's memorabilia. Holy cow! I had no idea HOW much McDonald's stuff was out there. I loved seeing the old plates and cups we used to collect and all of the old playground equipment we used to play on at our indoor play place in Ohio (what a gift during the cold winters).

Such wonderful place of nostalgia...this is definitely worth a stop if you are nearby. Social distancing and masking was practiced (we were the only ones in the museum so it wasn't an issue at all).
Written February 2, 2021
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Perkadventures
Banning, CA15,292 contributions
Found easy parking and walked around the McDonald's. Very interesting to see and will return after Virus problems.

One side is a mural wall, with front having history signs to include street signs. No longer owed by McDonald's but by Juan Polo. Lots of history here.

Worth a stop to see and remember
Written August 26, 2020
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ottersRus
Miami, FL2,589 contributions
Friends
If you look back in history there are pinnacle points that shape the way things are done. The McDonald brothers may not have realized what their “speedy system” of producing hamburgers and French fries would eventually turn into but no one can dispute the fact they were the turning point that drove the fast food industry to what it is today. Standing on the site you’ll notice it’s simple, it’s not glamorized, however. This is where it started. If you grew up when McDonald’s locations started popping up across America I think this location will bring back memories. The curator of the museum is full of information and very willing to share it with you. We spent about an hour inside. The timeline is displayed on the walls and throughout display cases. There is no charge for entry but they do take donations. If you are visiting it’s worth a stop to check it out.
Written January 5, 2020
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Angel O
Yuma, AZ215 contributions
Family
Site is cool but all you see inside is a huge collection of happy meal toys. I was expecting to see more of the original restaurant. No admission free but donations are encouraged. Whole self-guided tour took 10 minutes. If you have 10-15 minutes to kill while driving by then stop, otherwise don’t make it a destination.
Written June 20, 2022
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
This is the Original McDonald's Site and Museum. In every countries, there will be a McDonald's.

This is the first original and anything about McDonald's.

They had brought a lot of the items for the Original McDonald's Site and Museum.

Kids still like Mc Donald.

A must see!
Written January 19, 2021
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
It had all the items of McDonald from the beginning and it continues with new ones as well.

There were all kinds on the walls, with items that was used in the past.

There was a a table to eat. However, they don't cook here. It is only a museum.

They have a grill,lots of pictures items from kids.

They had a Wurlizer for music.

Small items for kids.

Remember the Happy Meal?

Coca Cola!

I could write a lot here. It is all in this Original McDonald's Site Museum and McDonald's Site and Museum.

Worthwhile to see. It is completely free!
Written May 20, 2020
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elizabethlascheid
Culver City, CA4,504 contributions
Family
If you grew up enjoying McDonald's you will love seeing the original McDonald's location, which is now adorable Museum. The museum is full of memorabilia from the time McDonald's open to close to the present.

They have everything you will remember as a kid. From plush toys, 2 glassware and Happy Meals oh, it is all there for you to see it enjoy. It does not take a long time to go through the museum and if you are anywhere near Route 66 it is just a fun stop. Have fun.
Written December 10, 2021
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Kathy K
Nashville, TN43 contributions
Family
We visited in late December. My son-in-law read about this place in a travel guide. The museum is free and is basically a collection of lots of McDonald's memorabilia. It was fun to gaze at the history of McDonald's. The guide who gave us a bit of history was very thorough but he did use some salty language, which was unnecessary. Worth a stop --- it doesn't take long to view -- 45 minutes tops.
Written January 5, 2017
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empi66
Melbourne5 contributions
Family
Interesting but Looking old and outdated.. Needs some money spent on the place if you want tourists to visit......
Written July 8, 2014
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