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Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum

205 N Mill Street, Pontiac, IL 61764
+1 815-842-2345
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Not too big...but just right !

This is a fairly new museum...just six years old...nice exhibit of Pontiacs....they pack a lot into... read more

Reviewed July 24, 2017
West Chicago, Illinois
Put this one on your "MUST" list!

Car enthusiast or not, you'll enjoy this great little museum. Pontiac, Illinois is a small town on... read more

Reviewed July 20, 2017
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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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205 N Mill Street, Pontiac, IL 61764
+1 815-842-2345
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Reviewed July 24, 2017

This is a fairly new museum...just six years old...nice exhibit of Pontiacs....they pack a lot into a relatively small space.Things are explained via signs...so that non-car people (such as myself) can understand what we're looking at. Very clean and well organized. Cute gift shop.......

Thank Patnmel
Reviewed July 20, 2017

Car enthusiast or not, you'll enjoy this great little museum. Pontiac, Illinois is a small town on historic route 66 so there is much about car culture in town and of course at the museum. There are plenty of places to park and walking around...More

Thank DaytonOhio
Reviewed July 9, 2017

The Pontiac-Oakland Museum is a small museum in the heart of Pontiac, Illinois. It is a beautiful museum showcasing Pontiac and Oakland cars. There are displays that showcase scenes from the days that Route 66 was popular such as an old mechanic's garage. The owner...More

Thank Angie_Ohio
Reviewed July 5, 2017

Along with popular The Judge GTO, you will see EVERYTHING Pontiac including: posters, Pontiac Tiger throw rug, tools, bicycles, wagon, tin signage, AND full library with early magazines, spec sheets, color code sheets, tire, motor, window, gas, build specs, brakes, wipers, badges, information on very...More

Thank C21prem
Reviewed June 26, 2017

We found out about this place after we toured the IL Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum. It was in walking distance so maybe 5 -10 minute was. This place is also free so that was nice. We bought our 3 1/2 year...More

Thank giggly711
Reviewed June 20, 2017

A free place to visit ( donations are suggested ) for car lovers. Nice cars on the wonderfull Route 66. You have to stop in Pontiac Illinois.

Thank mctru
Reviewed June 9, 2017

This is a small, but beautiful museum. They have a large collection that they rotate and a huge library of Pontiac printed material. The cars are pristine and displayed creatively. The museum is housed in a historic building that was a department store and located...More

Thank roadtrippinchick
Reviewed June 7, 2017 via mobile

I don't think any stop to Pontiac would be complete without a stop to this museum. The museum is free and has a nice collection of both cars and memorabilia. The staff are very friendly and helpful and there is a nice selection of souvenirs.

Thank jgaskins43
Reviewed May 28, 2017 via mobile

This is a must see for Pontiac and especially GTO lovers like me! Fantastic cars and wonderful videos telling the Pontiac and GTO stories. Lots of auto memorabilia throughout. A most enjoyable visit for car lovers.

Thank Deggto
Reviewed May 17, 2017 via mobile

This museum is just the right size to be able to enjoy seeing all of the interesting Pontiac memorabilia and exhibits. The cars are beautiful! Everything is clean, well maintained, and displayed with good lighting. There are also lots of neat gift items to purchase....More

Thank justthe2ofus
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August 13, 2016|
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Response from seanmattingly68 | Reviewed this property |
free, or offer a donation
Phyllis L
July 23, 2016|
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.
Phyllis L
July 23, 2016|
Response from Niklou40 | Reviewed this property |
9 am winter hours or 10 am summer hours . They have a website too.