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Original McDonald's Site and Museum

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Address: 1398 N E St, San Bernardino, CA 92405
Phone Number: (909) 885-6324

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We were in town to stay at the Wigwam Motel and see a 66ers baseball game as a stop on a road trip and were looking for something to do to kill time before checking into the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in town to stay at the Wigwam Motel and see a 66ers baseball game as a stop on a road trip and were looking for something to do to kill time before checking into the hotel. Stumbled across this museum in the listing for San Bernardino and figured "why not?" Not run by the McDonalds people but the... More 

Thank sparkles1388
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visit, workers/artists were very friendly and knowledgable. Was great to see some of the older pieces and toys. A must see if in the area.

Thank bacm
Victorville, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

The owners of museum have done a great job of keeping these memories alive. Don't forget to look at their murals around the building.

Thank Cliff B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

"This is the best of all the museum I have visited" said my 7 year-old grandson. He and his 5 yr old sister have been to many museums. We spent about one and a half hour there, including the time they took riding many of retired McDonald rides. They tried to find a "happy meal" toy that they have seen... More 

Thank Tennisbums
Tamborine, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Not really into eating McDonald's (Maccas as we called it here) however there's no food here, but it's a fascinating relic. To see all the old memorabilia, toys, gifts etc. was quite an eye-opener. Reading some of the historical articles was very interesting. Items like the old vans and cars, juke boxes and Coke vending machines were just amazing. It's... More 

Thank Schanuzer
Indio, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

You must stop here to get the history of McDonald's original site where it all started. The original building is gone but in it's place is the museum and artifacts of it's history. The Original sign still stands tho and it is a great photo op. Museum is free and FULL of stuff. A great place to relive the old... More 

Thank Jim K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

I was just passing through San Bernardino and went on Tripadvisor to see what was around the area since I had to kill some time. I sw the Original McDonald's site and Museum on the list. It was cute to go in and see some of the old pictures of McDonalds, see the original site and it brought back a... More 

Thank Bonana
Riverside, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

This was the site of the first restaurant, but only a portion of the first signage remains (not golden arches...those came later). It's filled with interesting memorabilia. It's not an official museum of the corporation and is unaffiliated with McDonald's. The third restaurant, and the oldest still in service, does have arches and is located in Downing, CA.

Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
Madera, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016 via mobile

We went to the Mcdonalds museum on our trip down rt 66 to the Grand Canyon. It was a great kick off to our day after staying at the Wigwam. So many childhood memories and so much history! We were greeted back Jack who is very informed on the history. Fyi the owner of Juan Pollo bought this location and... More 

Thank kimmirae
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Spent 90 minutes viewing all the McDonald's Memorabilia. Learning the story of an American icon. Even the outside of the building was interesting. A piece of local history not be be missed.

Thank Lynn L

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