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Joliet Area Historical Museum

204 Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL 60432-4007
+1 815-723-5201
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Wonderful collection of History

Very nice way to spend a couple hours. The route 66 memorabilia is quirky and cute, but not in any... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lupe s
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Love this little museum. Very friendly volunteers who are keen to tell you whatever you want to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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204 Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL 60432-4007
+1 815-723-5201
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice way to spend a couple hours. The route 66 memorabilia is quirky and cute, but not in any other parts of the museum except in entrance hall. The Joliet history is extensive and you will learn something. I learned this was the origin...More

Thank lupe s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love this little museum. Very friendly volunteers who are keen to tell you whatever you want to know. Easy to get around. Price is great value

Thank NannyKate29
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We actually stopped in for info on Route 66 and were greeted by a very informative gentleman who gave us info about the Illinois Route 66. Also, good pamphlets to take with us. There was a short movie and Route 66 memorabilia around. The gift...More

Thank Nita L
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Photos and documents are well presented. Rooms are visitor friendly, informative, fun. The rooftop with special nights of music is so much fun.

Thank darlita
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Unfortunately we were delayed by 3 hours leaving Chicago on the start of our Route 66 road trip as we had to go back to O'Hare to collect our rental. So by the time we got to Joliet it was after lunch and we only...More

Thank Martin G
Reviewed 3 July 2017

The museum is really all about the history of the Joliet area. The lobby and entrance area are decorated for Route 66 fans. The Blues Brothers greet you at the entrance. There is a small "theater" area with seats that look like the back of...More

Thank Angie_Ohio
Reviewed 20 June 2017

This museum does a pretty big bait and switch. I guess its smart on their part. They advertise on road signs, banners, on the front of the building, etc. etc. to come in and see info on Route 66. OUTSIDE the building especially, before you...More

Thank SuzyNance
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

This quaint museum is located in an old church in downtown Joliet. It follows the history of Joliet as well as Route 66. A lot of the exhibits, including the ones about the canal from Lake Michigan were eye opening for a first time visitor....More

Thank jgaskins43
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Never knew some of the local history even living in the area didn't know the significance Joliet played! Check it out!

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

This museum tells the route 66 story in one section, and then tells the detailed central Illinois industrial development story in the other 3/4 of the museum. A truly wonderful review of the history of Joliet and central Illinois. A must see!

Thank Deggto
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