Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum

Pontiac, Illinois

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The Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, Illinois tells the story of the Mother Road from inception to present day with thousands of artifacts, memorabilia, articles, and more. Stop in to learn about all of the famed stops, places, and people who have been inducted into the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame.

Highlights include booths from the world’s first Steak and Shake, artist and traveler Bob Waldmire’s VW Van, displays on all the classic must see Route 66 stops (from Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant to Cozy Dog Drive In), vintage gas pumps, maps, and more.

Outside the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum you can continue to explore: on the side of the building is painted the world’s largest Route 66 shield mural and you can also find a vintage Wishing Well Motel sign and Bob Waldmire’s famous Road Yacht (Waldmire is a Route 66 icon who spent years traveling the Mother Road). Pontiac is dubbed “Route 66 Mural City” for a reason, explore the immediately surrounding area and beyond for murals depicting the history of Pontiac.

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Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, Illinois

Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum

5 based on 1 reviews

Address:
110 W Howard St, Pontiac, IL 61764

Hours:
9am-5pm, Daily (Summer Hours); 10am-4pm, Daily (Winter Hours)

Cost:
Free Admission

Phone Number:
(815) 844-4566

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Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, Illinois
Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, Illinois
Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, Illinois
Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, Illinois
Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, Illinois
Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, Illinois

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, Illinois, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Parking is available in a lot behind the Illinois Route 66 Association building where the museum is housed.
  • Be sure to visit the Route 66 Shield mural on the back of the Hall of Fame and Museum. Is is the largest painted Route 66 Shield in the world!
  • On certain dates the Bob Waldmire’s “Road Yacht” (a renovated 1966 school bus is open for tours.
  • Staff at the museum is on hand to answer your questions about Route 66 and where to go next.

Where to Stay Near the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these nearby hotels on Illinois Route 66.

Super 8 by Wyndham Dwight

If you’re stretching your Route 66 itinerary and are looking to spend the night between Chicago and Springfield, the Super 8 by Wyndham Dwight is a solid choice. Conveniently located off I-55 and close to Historic Route 66, this newly renovated property and pet-friendly hotel offers free WiFi and free breakfast just minutes from this roadside attraction.

Vrooman Mansion Bed and Breakfast

Vrooman Mansion Bed and Breakfast is located off Route 66 in the heart of Bloomington/Normal, Illinois. The Vrooman Mansion is a historical 1869 estate, with seven suites to choose from, all with private baths and access to beautiful common areas like the library, parlor, sitting rooms, and manicured grounds.

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1 Review of Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac, Illinois

  1. Really great museum for anyone wanting to learn more about Route 66 in Illinois. Stop inside to explore all the memorabilia and look for the giant Route 66 mural outside!

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