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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Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico Route 66 Attraction

Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Located in Old Town, Albuquerque, the Rattlesnake Museum & Gift Shop celebrates all things serpentes. The Albuquerque museum’s mission is to correct common reptilian misconceptions and, with around 34 different varieties of live rattlesnakes, it is home to the world’s largest collection of different species (they say they have more than the Bronx Zoo, Philadelphia…


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…


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…


Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona Route 66 Attraction

Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona

Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona, also known as Barringer Crater, is the world’s best-preserved meteorite impact site. Around 50,000 years ago an asteroid traveling 26,000 miles per hour jolted into the planet Earth with the energy of more than 20 million tons of TNT. This impact left behind a crater that today is nearly one…


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…


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