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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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…


Powerhouse Visitor Center in Kingman, Arizona

Powerhouse Visitor Center in Kingman, Arizona

The Powerhouse Visitor Center in Kingman, Arizona is housed in a historic building that was constructed in two phases between 1907 and 1911. Known as the Desert Power & Water Company Electric Power Plant, it powered Kingman and the surrounding mines from July 1909 until 1938. Once Hoover Dam was completed that year, the building…


Gallup Cultural Center in Gallup, New Mexico

Gallup Cultural Center in Gallup, New Mexico

Housed in the historic Santa Fe Depot, the Gallup Cultural Center in Gallup, New Mexico offers programming, exhibits, and arts that celebrate Gallup's history and the neighboring Native American cultures. The Gallup Cultural Center is housed in a two-story, stucco building that originally served as the local headquarters for the Santa Fe Railway. The building…


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…


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…


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.…


Henry’s Rabbit Ranch in Staunton, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch in Staunton, Illinois

Hare it is! Henry’s Rabbit Ranch in Staunton, Illinois is a Route 66 visitor center and souvenir shop with a particular pedigree. The theme at this Route 66 roadside attraction is rabbits. There are often dozens of real rabbits hopping around, a line up of VW Rabbits buried nose first in the ground a la…


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…


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