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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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…


National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma

National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma

The National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma celebrates the Mother Road in both Oklahoma and beyond. Focused on the people who lived and work on Route 66, along with the automobiles and places that defined it, the museum campus offers an interactive tour through history. With five museums in one, be sure to…


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…


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