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Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum

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Address: 205 N Mill St, Pontiac, IL 61764-1906
Phone Number: +1 815-842-2345

The museum, centrally located on Route 66, offers rotating exhibits to...

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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Small Museum with Class

The Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum is a small museum that has a good representation of cars. From a vehicle representing the dust-bowl era of the Mother Road to race cars... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Aurora, Ohio
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Aurora, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum is a small museum that has a good representation of cars. From a vehicle representing the dust-bowl era of the Mother Road to race cars adorn the floor of this museum. The museum is decorated more like a showroom floor with class than a museum. Tim and Penny Dye, the owners whom I have met on... More 

Thank Angie_Ohio
Kankakee, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would tell everyone to check it out, its a small museum but it has a lot of cool cars, information on Pontiacs. and lady is very friendly

Thank whtiger1
Pontiac, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Most museums are musty and clunky. Not this one! This museum has class! Only the best Pontiacs grace this museum in period settings. This museum includes a research room with all the facts on Pontiac cars, as well as a tour guide who knows everything you want to know about Pontiacs. Definitely a famly museum that everyone will love!

Thank mollie106
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see anytime you are in the area. Great exhibits and very friendly helpful staff. Definitely a five star attraction.

Thank Delma R
East Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

This museum is four years young with a total of 17 autos. that range from two vehicles of 1912-Oakland Model 30 Touring & Pontiac Coupe & to a Fiero Coupe. Also displayed is a 1890's Pontiac horse & buggy. The floor is well laid out with no crowding of vehicles. A posted chain barrier keeps visitors a short distance from... More 

Thank Jack L
Hamar, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

This is a nice little museum in Pontiac. Nice cars and a must for people that like classic cars. They also sell signs, magnets, etc.

Thank OJB
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

This was one of my many Route 66 stops and one of the better ones. While small, there is still plenty to see and the combination of pontiac cars and other Route 66 memorabilia is extremely well done. You can also get up close and personal with all the displays and even touch a few for an added experience. Just... More 

Thank NZBred
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Well worth stopping by to look at the immaculately restored Pontiacs and Oaklands - some great specimens here. Good rest rooms too!

Thank RomanRemains
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

This is a nicely done small museum on the town main square with free parking at the door. The cars are very well displayed and they have a large research library. They support themselves on donations so you pay for the value you feel that you received.

Thank Al O
Pekin, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

Very nice little museum. Ran by volunteers on donations. Every one was very friendly. We spent the whole day in Pontiac visiting all the sites. Had a great day.

Thank Melissa B

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