Route 66 Museums

You can’t road trip on Main Street of America without stopping at at least one of the many informative and fun Route 66 museums along the way.

In all eight states of The Mother Road you will find museums devoted to Route 66 itself, with exhibits, displays, artifacts, and mementos that celebrate the road while providing historical context and insights. But the extent of what you’ll find doesn’t stop there. There are local museums devoted to the town or region they reside in. There are quirky museums that highlight everything from rattlesnakes to barbed wire. to McDonald’s. There are museums that feature vintage cars and motorcycles, like the ones that might have driven the famous road in its heyday. You can even find small collections to view at some of the many visitors centers along your way.

Looking for the best Route 66 museums to add to your road trip itinerary? Use the filters below to search our museums directory by location or keyword to fill your travel plan. Whether you’re visiting just one of the eight states on The Mother Road (Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, or California) or driving the entire journey from Chicago to Los Angeles (or vice versa), there are plenty of fun places to stop awaiting you.

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Red Oak Diner at Red Oak II in Carthage, Missouri Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Red Oak II, Missoura in Carthage, Missouri

Red Oak II, Missoura in Carthage, Missouri is seemingly a ghost town, but actually is so much more. It is an open-air museum, historical landmark, art project, and roadside attraction in one. Located just off of Route 66 it’s a must-see road trip stop. Red Oak II was the vision of artist Lowell Davis. Davis…


American Giants Museum in Atlanta, Illinois on Route 66

American Giants Museum in Atlanta, Illinois

The American Giants Museum in Atlanta, Illinois pays tribute to Muffler Men and other oversized fiberglass creations that once were a mainstay of American advertising. Muffler Men roadside attractions are fiberglass giants who stand anywhere from 14 to 25 feet tall. Each has a similar build and was built between 1963 and 1972 by International Fiberglass…


Copper Cart & Route 66 Motoporium in Seligman, Arizona

Copper Cart & Route 66 Motoporium in Seligman, Arizona

Known for its iconic neon sign and great Mexican food, the Copper Cart in Seligman, Arizona was once one of the most popular Route 66 restaurants in town. You can no longer get food at this establishment, but you can still come inside: the building is now home to the Route 66 Motoporium. The Copper…


Angel & Vilma Delgadillo's Original Route 66 Gift Shop in Seligman, Arizona Route 66 Museum and Gift Shop

Angel & Vilma Delgadillo’s Original Route 66 Gift Shop in Seligman, Arizona

Angel Delgadillo was a barber for nearly 50 years. But he’s just as known for being the “Guardian Angel” of Route 66. Visit him and his legacy at Angel & Vilma Delgadillo’s Original Route 66 Gift Shop in Seligman, Arizona. Angel Delgadillo was born on April 19, 1927. He was raised on Route 66, and…


Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas

The Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas was built in 1936. Located along Route 66, the art deco gas station and restaurant is sometimes referred to as “the Taj Mahal of Texas.” And it is easy to see why. The historic structure is made from concrete, stucco, glazed brick, and terra-cotta…


Missouri Route 66 Welcome Center Rest Area in Conway, Missouri

Missouri Route 66 Welcome Center Rest Area in Conway, Missouri

Travel old Route 66 without leaving Missouri…and get some snacks and a bathroom break while you’re there. The Missouri Route 66 Welcome Center Rest Area in Conway has a definitive theme alongside its amenities. When you exit your car at this Route 66-themed rest stop in Missouri you’ll first be greeted with a light-up sign…


SuperTAM on 66 Ice Cream Parlor And Superman Museum in Carterville, Missouri Route 66 Attraction

SuperTAM on 66 Ice Cream Parlor and Superman Museum in Carterville, Missouri

If you’re taking a Route 66 road trip and looking for a sweet treat with a side of superhero, SuperTAM on 66 Ice Cream Parlor And Superman Museum in Carterville, Missouri is the place for you. SuperTam on 66 is a small ice cream parlor and Superman museum on Missouri’s Route 66. For many years…


Bristow Historical Museum & Train Depot in Bristow, Oklahoma

Bristow Historical Museum & Train Depot in Bristow, Oklahoma

The historic Bristow Historical Museum & Train Depot in Bristow, Oklahoma is housed in a 1923 FRISCO Train Depot. This museum and visitor’s center gives patrons a glimpse into the town’s history. The Bristow Historical Museum & Train Depot is located in the historic Bristow train depot (previously known as the Frisco Train Depot), constructed…


Magnolia Gas Station in Vega, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Magnolia Gas Station in Vega, Texas

The Magnolia Gas Station in Vega, Texas was built in 1924 by Col J. T. Owen. For decades the stop provided fuel for locals alongside travelers on Route 66 and the Ozark Trail. The two-story building allowed for the business to operate downstairs while the operator could live in an apartment upstairs. While the business…


Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum in Kingman, Arizona

Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum in Kingman, Arizona

In 2014 the Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum opened inside the Powerhouse Visitor Center in Kingman, Arizona. The 3,600-square-foot space displays a variety of vehicles on loan from the Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation, whose purpose is to preserve the history of and examples of electric vehicles from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. Vehicles on…


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