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Joliet Area Historical Museum

204 N Ottawa St, Joliet, IL 60432-4007
+1 815-723-5201
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Route 66 Information Center

The museum is really all about the history of the Joliet area. The lobby and entrance area are... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2017
Angie_Ohio
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Aurora, Ohio
Great museum about Joliet - NOT really about Route 66

This museum does a pretty big bait and switch. I guess its smart on their part. They advertise... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2017
SuzyNance
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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  • Average9%
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“gift shop” (12 reviews)
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204 N Ottawa St, Joliet, IL 60432-4007
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"blues brothers"
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"gift shop"
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"route memorabilia"
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"local history"
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"the mother road"
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"childhood memories"
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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
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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

1  Thank SuzyNance
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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
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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
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Reviewed 28 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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Reviewed 8 May 2017

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...More

1  Thank ScenicRt
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Reviewed 26 April 2017

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...More

Thank Snowski11
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Reviewed 26 April 2017 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.

Thank GrantHay
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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

1  Thank Darryl M
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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...More

1  Thank Norma S
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