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Joliet Area Historical Museum

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Address: 204 Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL 60432-4007
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Eclectic and interesting museum

We did part of the Route 66 Red Carpet weekend May 6-7. First stop was the museum. It is very well done, love the Jake and Elwood statues, old cars, bear signed by the 1985... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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145 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did part of the Route 66 Red Carpet weekend May 6-7. First stop was the museum. It is very well done, love the Jake and Elwood statues, old cars, bear signed by the 1985 Chicago Bears, the beautiful stained glass windows, lots of air and space displays and history of the town and how its changed. The docents were... More 

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Joliet, Illinois
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Living in Joliet having this great small museum is a wonderful place to visit . It's more than a museum they have a room where you could rent out to have a wedding reception or a business meeting they have a rooftop where they have bands on nights or you could have your wedding reception or another reception up on... More 

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Thank Snowski11
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a rushed visit so walked through fairly quickly. Was the first Route 66 museum we had visited so found it informative. My wife enjoyed the merchandise shop.

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Thank GrantHay
Joliet, Illinois
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5 reviews
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

I found the whole experience with the Museum very informative and for me a trip down memory lane bringing back childhood memories as I grew up in the area,worth a visit. D

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New Lenox, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Visited the museum with our two granddaughters. As a Joliet native, I especially enjoyed the visit. Lots of nostalgic moments occurred as I revisited many of my childhood memories. The steel mill, quarry exhibit was so lifelike the kids thought the men were real. Especially liked the tribute to our local veterans and fallen soldiers all the way back to... More 

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Thank Norma S
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I was impressed with the amount of detail for such a relatively small museum. Route 66 information was a high light for me. I was impressed with staff they seemed very informative.

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Thank Shannon B
Aurora, Ohio
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500 reviews
193 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

I liked this museum much more when I visited in the past. The "drive in" area with a Route 66 introduction was new. But, the movie about the Route was already dated. Elaine was the reason that I liked the museum so much. She loved to talk to Route 66 travelers and give them ideas of where to stop. Elaine... More 

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Thank Angie_Ohio
Joliet, Illinois
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Had an excellent time, took girls ages 7 and 2, they both enjoyed themselves!!! Well organized and plenty to do for all ages, even adults!

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Thank drlmtz1985
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

For a couple dollars you can come in to see a little bit about the history of the city and where it came from and its importance along the river. It's a nice decent size medium. It's well organised and certainly the people were friendly. About an hour or so if you're walking around downtown

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2016

At $6 entrance fee this is a very affordable way to spend an hour or two. It will give you a good overview of Joliet, but there is little mention of Route 66. There is more displays on Star Wars and Space than on how Route 66 affected the town.

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