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Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum

205 N Mill St, Pontiac, IL 61764-1906
+1 815-842-2345
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Route 66 Tour

First off, I am a Pontiac Enthusiast. This was a pure joy to visit such a wonderful museum of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
LiveEachDay
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Luverne, Minnesota
Interesting

Had never heard of the Oakland, but this will let you know all about it. An interesting little... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Dawnie_Bird
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Springfield, Illinois
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The museum, centrally located on Route 66, offers rotating exhibits to ensure a new and exciting experience each time you stop in. As the only Pontiac-Oakland museum in the world, we display hundreds of pieces of memorabilia alongside the selection of cars. For car enthusiasts, we offer a behind the scenes tour led by museum staff (by appointment only). Be sure to visit our gift shop that offers books, clothing, and other unique items focused on Pontiac and Route 66. The Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum was one of TripAdvisor's 2014 Certificate of Excellence winners. Pontiac, Illinois offers other exciting museums and attractions, so please put Pontiac on your list of places to visit!
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“old cars” (10 reviews)
“car lovers” (6 reviews)
“on display” (11 reviews)
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205 N Mill St, Pontiac, IL 61764-1906
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+1 815-842-2345
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Reviewed 3 days ago

First off, I am a Pontiac Enthusiast. This was a pure joy to visit such a wonderful museum of Pontiac History. The inventory is constantly rotating, which is really nice to hear. Well worth the stop.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Had never heard of the Oakland, but this will let you know all about it. An interesting little museum for a step back in time.

Thank Dawnie_Bird
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed checking out this museum. It is small, but interesting. The staff was very friendly. Enjoyed seeing the classic Pontiacs. Lots of other interesting things in the museum as well as Pontiac gifts.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect size to learn about Pontiac - the cars that is! Great displays, helpful docents, something for everyone. Amazing memorabilia to be appreciated. And while admission is "free" please make a cash donation to ensure this treasure can be enjoyed by others in the furture!

Thank Julie F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice museum, free admission, friendly staff. The museum has a sizable collection of Pontiac gear. Cars are interesting. They even have a cute gift shop with tees, original Pontiac post cards, and Pontiac publications.

Thank 50BW51
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in today and enjoyed the museum as well as talking to the lady looking after it. She's very nice and really obliging with information about the museum and area. The museum is spotless and really nicely laid out. The exhibits are interesting especially...More

Thank Lyall H
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Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

Free! Excellent little museum. Very enjoyable! They opened earlier than the website indicated. Wish we would have called to confirm.

Thank c00perjam
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Reviewed March 2, 2018

Really enjoyed the staff & the selection of vehicles on display. Representation includes vintage, classic, modern, and a very good selection of well kept NASCAR racing cars. How did you get such good examples? Bravo.

Thank GoingUpTheCountry
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Reviewed February 16, 2018

Excellent display of the cars and memorabilia. Much better than any other auto museum I've been to. Not a static museum, new things all the time plus some special events. It is also free but you should leave a donation.

Thank 756brucew
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Reviewed February 16, 2018

Who would say such a small town has such two great free museums??? After visiting the Rt.66 museum which is an absolute must, we walked to this one which is close by, in walking distance. As it's name says it depicts the famous Pontiac cars,...More

Thank B1714D
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amandamorris123
August 13, 2016|
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Response from seanmattingly68 | Reviewed this property |
free, or offer a donation
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Phyllis L
July 23, 2016|
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Response from mollie106 | Reviewed this property |
The Pontiac automobile museum has two great restaurants next door--DeLong's and Bernardi's. DeLong's have the best ribeye sandwiches and Bernardi's has the best fried chicken.
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Phyllis L
July 23, 2016|
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Response from Niklou40 | Reviewed this property |
9 am winter hours or 10 am summer hours . They have a website too.
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