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IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum

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Address: 110 W Howard St, Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone Number: (815) 844-4566
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Interesting- Quick Stop, No Fee

Two friendly gentlemen gave a quick overview. This museum chronicles the Illinois towns and stops along the famous Route 66 from Chicago's Lake Shore Drive to St. Louis, MO... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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201 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Two friendly gentlemen gave a quick overview. This museum chronicles the Illinois towns and stops along the famous Route 66 from Chicago's Lake Shore Drive to St. Louis, MO. It has cases with pictures of gas stations, signs, and restaurants. Additionally, there are news clippings and narratives of specific people's stories and contributions. This actual museum (it is in a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

This is a must stop for any traveler driving on route 66. The museum is full of charm, history and also houses a War Museum and the Bob Waldmire bus and van. It is a great place to stop and take in the small town charm of Pontiac.

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Moline, Illinois
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45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Well developed Illinois Route 66 museum. Highlights the cities along the route with pictures, mementos and other memorabilia. Lots to see and learn.

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D'villate, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We traveled all of route 66 a few years ago, took our time and saw lots of stuff. I have to say I was disappointed in this museum as I was looking for "more stuff". For as big as route 66 is, it just didn't seem like there was much there.

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Columbia, Missouri
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38 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We stopped here as a break in our travel from Chicago to St. Louis. The museum combines the Wall Dog, the Rt 66 history, and the War museum all into the same multilevel building; it's a one stop with interests for about everyone. It is small, but packed with great things to see. There are also many great building murals... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

A great Hall of Fame/museum. They have a comprehensive collection. My husband had done very little reading or research prior to setting out on Route 66 and he found this place to be really helpful for really getting into the trip. I was worried when we arrived just as a tour group was filing in, but they handled the crowd... More 

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england
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Well worth stopping on your route 66 trip. You will be amazed at the late Bob Waldmire's old school bus that he converted and lived in (en suite facilities included!) and the museum is full of memorabilia and interesting stuff. There is also a small bus that you can get a tour of Pontiac from here if you have time,... More 

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Parts Unknown
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

A really nice trip from the past to the present in this compact little museum that features the best of Route 66. Really a must stop if you're traveling 66.

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Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The collection of nicely-labeled artifacts makes the road come alive, but of all the many, many items our favorite was Bob Waldmire's VW van. I thought I could pack a lot of things into a compact space, but Bob's got me beat by miles. (You can see his picture, larger than life, on the Rte 66 Memorial Mural downtown.) A... More 

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Manchester UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

Unfortunately we had to do a flying visit of around 30 minutes. You could easily spend over an hour looking at all the interesting artefacts that are on show. This is well worth a visit if you are in Pontiac. There are loads of free maps and books relating to Route 66 and the state of Illinois. There's also a... More 

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