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Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum

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Address: 205 N Mill Street, Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone Number: +1 815-842-2345
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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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Not Your Ordinary Museum

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Pontiac, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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.

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East Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Hamar, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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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.

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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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

A nice well kept museum. Not only a variety of Pontiacs and Oakland a bit a whole library of anything you want or need know know about pontiac. A pontiac fan gift shop is available. Staff very friendly and knowledgeable

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed visiting with Tim and Penny at the museum. Taking the behind the scenes tour was so worth it! What a collection.

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