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“A BEAUTIFUL DISPLAY!!! CHARMING TOWN!!!!”

Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Pontiac
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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!
Reviewed October 29, 2013

Though I'm not particularly a car enthusiast (that would be my husband!), I can appreciate a exceptionally well done exhibit of beautifully restored cars of a bygone era! The museum is well laid out, making it very easy to stroll through, taking as much (or as little) time as you want to appreciate what you see. We met and spoke with one of the owners and her love for Pontiac (both the car and the town) is apparent. The admission is free, but you might want to drop a few bucks here, either as a donation to insure that this gem stays open or on some of the nifty items they have for sale in the gift shop (not just your usual 'Route '66 souvenirs!) And take a moment to check out the Wall Dogs Museum next door and learn the story behind the beautiful murals done by them on buildings around town. Just a short walk away is a great Route '66 Museum where you can see relics of the era as well as the VW van and converted school bus owned and driven by well known Route '66 artist Bob Waldmire. And last, but not least, grab a bite at Benardi's II just down the street from the Pontiac Museum - we enjoyed both warm hospitality and a delicious grilled chicken salad! Pontiac, IL is a charming little town - don't miss it!

Thank Marsha B
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Immaculate display of restored cars. Free parking for 2 hours on the street and free entry, how do they do it???
Well worth the visit whilst travelling Route 66.

Thank warboys
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

First of all, it's free but your donations are appreciated. The place is small. Displays are well done and inspire memories. Also have some goods for sale such as reproduction signs and tee shirts and display case items for sale, some unusual. (Route 66 photo boxes, e.g.) No pressure at all and enjoyable.

Thank roadtripmajik
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

A nice museum with vintage Pontiiacs in Pontiac, ILL, although the Pontiac was manufactured in Pontiac, Michigan. Michigan did not have the facilities for the museum plus it is not on Route 66. If you like old cars, you'll like this little museum.

1  Thank Jeannine77055
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

The cars in here are awesome, the kind you dream of owning. The gentleman who looks after the museum obviously enjoys being there and is very willing to explain the history of the cars to visitors. I am not the greatest vintage car enthusiast, but I enjoyed this one as much as my husband.

Thank JstarkScotland
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