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Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum

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Address: 205 N Mill Street, Pontiac, IL 61764
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+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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Many neat autos and memorabilia. Donations accepted but free to peruse. Some stuff available for purchase.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Philip E
Bloomington, Illinois
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Bloomington, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Many neat autos and memorabilia. Donations accepted but free to peruse. Some stuff available for purchase.

Thank Philip E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great car museum devoted entirely to the Pontiac and Oakland car makes, as well as all the related paraphernalia that goes along with them. Enjoyable for car people, or not, unless you are just an angry person. If you are a true Pontiac nut, they have a giant library that they might allow you to research stuff in, if you... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

Museum is an old one, but lot of information on the Pontiac and many war fare affair of the Pontiac is highlighted, 1-2 hours can be spend in the museum

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Bradley, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

We were disappointed. This is small museum. I was expecting more. I did not think the donation was worth the museum. We took about 35 minutes to go through this attraction.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

Do these guys realize Pontiacs were named after the city where the company was established? Pontiac, MICHIGAN? A bit misleading. That being said.....the museum is not bad. A good collection of cars....many a bit newer than my taste....but something of interest for any car person.

Thank RickMIusa
Pontiac, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

A jewel in a small town on Route 66. Local appreciate it but guests through town enjoy it much. Also enjoy lunch or a slice of homemade pie on the town square on the visit.

Thank Dan R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

This museum is by far the coolest I've seen in the USA. The Director is incredibly knowledgeable about the history of Pontiac Muscle Cars. Thanks Tim Dye

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Ravenna, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Little museum for the history of Pontiac Autos. was small but very nice. a bit of history and the building was beautiful. Husband is a huge fan of the cars and was a nice surprise for him.

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

For car enthusiats you would have to go a long way to beat this museum. Spacious and well laid out there was plenty to look at even for the non car enthusiast

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Alliston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

A neat museum for those Pontiac lovers, we as Buick lovers enjoyed it too, the cars were displayed nicely and lots of them with some special rare models on display

Thank Buicklover

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