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Original McDonald's Site and Museum

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Address: 1398 N E St, San Bernardino, CA 92405-4529
Phone Number: +1 909-885-6324
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Interesting even if you don't like McDonalds!

The employee who greeted is clearly passionate about the place. He told us about the early history of the McDonald brothers and their relationship with Croc who eventually bought... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
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Okehampton
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Adelaide, Australia
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We were looking for something to do to fill in a morning in San Bernardino. We expected to spend a short time there but ended up being there for 3 hours! It is a fantastic collection of history, Memorabilia and they have sections dedicated to different parts of the world. An excellent few hours spent browsing the thousands of items... More 

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Okehampton
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

The employee who greeted is clearly passionate about the place. He told us about the early history of the McDonald brothers and their relationship with Croc who eventually bought the business. There are hundreds of items both large and small, it's amazing how much they produced over the years. It's the sort of place you can spend 20 minutes or... More 

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Acworth, United States
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We showed up and met the two guys painting the mural on the outside of the building. It was amazing, and they were very knowledgeable and friendly. They gave us a tour of the outside and then introduced us to someone else for the inside tour.

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Thank Michael L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I remember some of the stuff they have, it was great seeing the past. We did the oh look at this and wow look at this and I never saw this before.

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Thank Carmen B
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Collection of MacD material from previous years of the franchise at the original site of No 1, but not owned by MacD!. We did not know the story of the franchise till visiting here, but are not surprised it is being made into a film. Take some of your MacD toys and they will add to the collection with your... More 

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Highland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

What a great museum. And two wonderful caretakers, Jim and Jack. Two guys who have seen it all from the beginning and are happy to share the history with you. Many glass cases of artifacts and nik-naks, the toys they gave away with the kids meals, outfits, pictures, ads, news articles, etc. From Ronald McDonald to the Hamburglar, they're all... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

This was a fun trip down memory lane! It's a collection of many bits and pieces of McDonald's memorabilia. Many Happy Meal toy collections from over the years, but also archival photos and paperwork (menus, application forms, etc) from back in the day. There are also a few of their glasses collections - our family had some when I was... More 

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Thank TwoDayTravels
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

I came there with my family and it was just amazing how the painter gave us a tour and told us so much stuff we didn't know about McDonalds. He also showed us the paintings around the building and it was interesting to see. I record going there, the place is nice, so as people.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

this place is amazing! I enjoyed my visit, brought back a lot of childhood memories and memories of my son's childhood. The mural(s) out side are so much fun to look at, I plan to go back to see the progress!! I took over 300 photos!!!

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Thank Lynn C
Berea, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

We were traveling along Route 66 and wanted to check out this attraction. We are so glad we did. Rory, the artist who has been working on the amazing murals, led us around the museum. He was full of interesting information. This museum is a true labor of love and a great place to see in San Bernardino. The tour... More 

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