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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Williams Visitor Center in Williams, Arizona Route 66 Attraction

Williams Visitor Center in Williams, Arizona

Williams, Arizona is known as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon. It’s an important hub where Route 66 road trippers, Grand Canyon vacationers, and Kaibab National Forest visitors converge. As such, the Williams Visitor Center is a must-stop for anyone who wants more information on the area, help planning their adventure, or a bathroom break.…


Route 66 Interpretive Center in Chandler, Oklahoma

Route 66 Interpretive Center in Chandler, Oklahoma

Step inside the Route 66 Interpretive Center in Chandler, Oklahoma to explore a collection of Route 66 exhibits, photographs, and memorabilia from the 1920s through the present. As you journey through the collections, the story of Route 66 is told through a series of video presentations that highlight the exhibits. This Oklahoma Route 66 museum…


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…


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…


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…


Baxter Springs Independent Oil and Gas Service Station in Baxter Springs, Kansas Route 66 Visitor Center and Roadside Attraction

Baxter Springs Independent Oil and Gas Service Station in Baxter Springs, Kansas

The Baxter Springs Independent Oil and Gas Service Station in Baxter Springs, Kansas has been a Route 66 attraction since 1930. It now serves as a Kansas Route 66 Visitor Center where you can learn about the past, plan your future travels, and maybe even meet a local celebrity. The Baxter Springs Independent Oil and…


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…


Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma

Journey through the history of Route 66 in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton takes visitors on a tale through time with memorabilia, informative displays, and recreated scenes. Pull over when you see the bright red neon sign and the bright red vintage car in the window and stay awhile to check out…


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…


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…


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