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Joliet Area Historical Museum

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Address: 204 N Ottawa St, Joliet, IL 60432-4007
Phone Number: 815-723-5201

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What a gem

I was impressed with the amount of detail for such a relatively small museum. Route 66 information was a high light for me. I was impressed with staff they seemed very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 12, 2016
Shannon B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

I was impressed with the amount of detail for such a relatively small museum. Route 66 information was a high light for me. I was impressed with staff they seemed very informative.

Thank Shannon B
Aurora, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

I liked this museum much more when I visited in the past. The "drive in" area with a Route 66 introduction was new. But, the movie about the Route was already dated. Elaine was the reason that I liked the museum so much. She loved to talk to Route 66 travelers and give them ideas of where to stop. Elaine... More 

Thank Angie_Ohio
Joliet, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Had an excellent time, took girls ages 7 and 2, they both enjoyed themselves!!! Well organized and plenty to do for all ages, even adults!

Thank drlmtz1985
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

For a couple dollars you can come in to see a little bit about the history of the city and where it came from and its importance along the river. It's a nice decent size medium. It's well organised and certainly the people were friendly. About an hour or so if you're walking around downtown

Thank Bernardo F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2016

At $6 entrance fee this is a very affordable way to spend an hour or two. It will give you a good overview of Joliet, but there is little mention of Route 66. There is more displays on Star Wars and Space than on how Route 66 affected the town.

Thank garyproftraveller
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2016 via mobile

Usually we are great supporters of local town museums as we are aware of how much time, effort and love goes into producing and maintaining them. Sad to say this was our first museum of our Route 66 trip and disappointing for the following reasons; the cost to get in $6 a piece whereas almost all others on the route... More 

Thank Trish W
Joliet, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2016

I currently live in Joliet. It's amazing how much history is in your own back yard! The old Joliet Prison is amazing if you love architecture with its wall built out of limestone quarried right here in Joliet. It's no longer housing prisoners and you can't tour it....yet! But I will be the first in line when it opens to... More 

Thank Kathy C
Fraser, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2016

This was an interesting museum to visit. There were so many things to see in a small area. It was a nice tribute to the area.

Thank Rose C
Joliet, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2015

If you are from Joliet or have spent a significant part of your life here, you will love this museum. If you are not from Joliet, the museum is interesting but not as much. I love seeing how all the places I know have changed and evolved. The exhibits are well thought out, and there's actually a lot to see.... More 

Thank missvon21
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2015

Great place to spend some time. It is well kept and organized. It has some very interesting memorabilia about Joliet and the surrounding area. Attended a charity event one evening and had to bring my family in the next week, great family event. Great place to have an event.

Thank Martin M

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