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Caterpillar Visitors Center

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Address: 110 SW Washington St, Peoria, IL 61602-2501
Phone Number:
+1 309-675-0606
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10:00 - 15:30
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 15:30
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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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Stopped with two little ones, 5 and 1 1/2. They were both a little impatient during the 10 minute informational film, but after that they had a blast.... They both loved sitting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 August 2016
Dandlit
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Ottawa, Illinois
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Longmont, Colorado
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35 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

The visitor center provides a lot of historical information about Caterpillar. But, it could just has well have been in any downtown of any city (vs. the home of Caterpillar).

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Ottawa, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped with two little ones, 5 and 1 1/2. They were both a little impatient during the 10 minute informational film, but after that they had a blast.... They both loved sitting in the tractors and then Playing in the Sim's Good fun & educational!

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Thank Dandlit
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

The Caterpillar Visitors Center is a great place to go with family or friends, you learn about the history of the great company that Caterpillar is and you get to see and sit on big and amazing machines, it's a must-go place if you are in Peoria and like to learn new history things and machinery.

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Thank Momito_2001
Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

This is a fun center, with a great mix of Cat history and info on some of the largest machines you will ever see. Staff is primarily Cat retirees, and you can tell they really love telling their stories. Leave about three hours, and if you have kids, there are some great simulators where they (and you!) can "operate" a... More 

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Thank Smudgecats
Peoria, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

An excellent experience for construction and history buffs. Interactive and multimedia displays are engaging for adults and fun for kids. As a local I like to comb the sale racks in the gift shop periodically for unique CAT-brand apparel.

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Thank Witchy_Weeb
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and I brought our five-year-old son and two year old twin daughters here. We were there on Wednesday afternoon, and basically had the place to ourselves. The people who were working in the exhibit area were unbelievably patient with my kids and engaging. I was surprised that their gift shop wasn't bigger didn't have more selection.

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Thank Jessie P
Cary, North Carolina, Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

An excellent exhibit featuring caterpillar history and machines. The feature of the Center is watching the video in the bed of the largest mining truck Cat makes. Plus you get to sit in actual production machines and there are simulators around to try your skill at operating.

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Piracicaba, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

If you visit Peoria and should visit Caterpillar Visitor Center with historical & new Cat models and with next building we can buy Cat products in a Cat Store.

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Peoria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

I'm not usually into machinery, but this museum is fascinating. There is a Disneyland like introductory film explaining just how truly international Caterpillar is. Then you can see real earthmoving equipment and even try a virtual experience of trying to drive one of these monsters.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

I took a friend from Canada and we both thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the different objects to purchase.

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