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Caterpillar Visitors Center

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Address: 110 SW Washington St, Peoria, IL 61602-2501
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+1 309-675-0606
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 15:30

The Caterpillar Visitors Center is a fascinating look at the company, the...

The Caterpillar Visitors Center is a fascinating look at the company, the iron and the people making sustainable progress possible around the world. From the humble beginnings of the first tractor to the company's present-day leadership in building infrastructure and powering the planet — it's all right here on Peoria's beautiful riverfront. We invite you to experience Caterpillar like never before and plan your visit today.

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School Fieldtrip

The 2nd & 3rd graders enjoyed a visit here on a fieldtrip! They enjoyed the video presentation and the simulators.

Reviewed 29 March 2017
Eureka, Illinois
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Eureka, Illinois
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

The 2nd & 3rd graders enjoyed a visit here on a fieldtrip! They enjoyed the video presentation and the simulators.

Thank HannahB1029
Ankeny, Iowa
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

It costs $6 for each senior but it is worth every penny. You watch a film that explains how Cat works world wide. The film is inside the box of a big 797B mining dump truck. Then you go downstairs on the main floor to see more exhibits and then sit in the various machines and then you can sit... More 

Thank david_hance_iowa
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We love the idea of a CAT center but it doesn't go much farter than that. Took the family to it and we lasted just about an hour. It's more for really youth families but there was some interesting facts.

Thank Andy H
Peoria, Illinois
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Company from the 1920's that was the cornerstone of Peoria, a busted company that has been lying to its investors and wanted to move it all to Chicago. Idiots got busted for hiding profits over 13 years now going to go like Enron. Good riddance.

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East Peoria, IL
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

It's free for Cat employees, so at least there's that (I was shocked, I figured big Yellow would charge everyone). Then, you're escorted in and you have to watch a short movie about Caterpillar which is uninteresting to say the least. The displays are pretty boring-lots of standing in one place and just reading information. Not very interesting except to... More 

Thank midwesterngirl75
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

So interesting to see all the history of Caterpillar and their products! The 797F Mining Truck is a must see!!! Huge!!! Fascinating, and interactive simulators are a must do!

Thank Paula G
San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 374 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

The visitor center is beautifully done. The machines are impressive. The staff is a bit standoffish, though, once you get past the front desk admission area. I wanted to sit in a few of the displays but they only seemed to have interest in people with children when I was there. The staff just simply stood there and looked at... More 

Thank pnkgirl27
Fremont, Nebraska
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

We have taken our 2 grandsons (5 and 3) a couple of time now and they love climbing on the equipment and looking at the displays. The beginning movie was interesting as well as entertaining. Good place to spend an hour or so.

Thank Pike71
East Peoria, Illinois
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

The CAT Visitor Center is a definite SEE for anyone who is a CAT or Heavy Equipment enthusiast. Two floors of CAT history, interactive displays, and pieces of state of the art CAT equipment await visitors to examine, climb aboard, and use simulators to operate. The displays are equally geared to children and adults. Located on the historic riverfront, next... More 

Thank gbeltz325
Peoria, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviewed 17 February 2017

The Simulated heavy equipment games were my absolute favorite! The history of Caterpillar is an awesome read! Plenty of mini-movies to enlighten you and provide a place to rest for a bit. The gift shop is not overly expensive at all! Got an excellent quality T-shirt for about $15. I took my parents who are in their 80's and my... More 

Thank Cathy H

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