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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Devil’s Rope Museum & Route 66 Museum in McLean, Texas

Devil’s Rope Museum & Route 66 Museum in McLean, Texas

Opened in 1991, the Devil’s Rope Museum in McLean, Texas celebrates all things barbed wire. Check out the giant balls of barbed wire that flank the name plaques outside, then come inside to explore a huge expanse dedicated to the fencing. Learn about the history of barbed wire and its impact on the development of…


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…


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…


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…


Arizona Route 66 Museum in Kingman, Arizona

Arizona Route 66 Museum in Kingman, Arizona

The Arizona Route 66 Museum in Kingman, Arizona opened inside the Powerhouse Visitor Center in September 2001. Through a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits it “depicts the historical evolution of travel along the 35th parallel that became Route 66.” Find vintage artifacts, dioramas, murals, photographs, and more that take you on a journey from…


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

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

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…


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