When our family took a Route 66 road trip vacation recently, about the last thing we expected to find were dozens of Route 66 museums. From Joliet, Illinois to Victorville, California, we found all kinds of fun museums that paid homage to the heydays of Route 66 and the people who not only traveled the road, but lived and worked along the route.
One of our favorite Route 66 museums is the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma. This retro looking building was designed by the same architect who designed Pops in Arcadia, OK and is jammed packed full of photographs and cool exhibits.
What to see
Visitors to this museum start their Route 66 experience by walking through a series of small galleries that are filled with colorful postcards and photographs from along the Route. The galleries are arranged by decades and as you exit one room to enter another, music of the period starts up. There are video clips to watch in each of the galleries plus hallways plastered with newspaper clippings of the time.
The photo galleries make up the first section of the museum. As you make the turn into the next section, the exhibits become three dimensional with actual cars and artifacts set against murals of the 1920s to the 70s. It’s here where visitors can get a glimpse of an old fashioned gas station, sit in a diner, use an old fashioned wooden telephone booth, or pose next to a 1940s vintage station wagon or a Hippie VW bus from the 1960s.
The exhibits aren’t limited to the galleries. In the lobby is a beautifully restored Chevy along with an assortment of fun signs. Outdoors there is even more to see including a recently restored Valentine diner.
Information you should know
Like many other Route 66 museums that we visited on our vacation, the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum has seasonal hours that vary. We recommend visiting their website at Route66.org or calling (580-323-7866) before calling just to make sure that they are open!
As far as admission, the prices are quite reasonable for a museum of this quality. Admission for adults is only $5, children (6-18) are $1. There’s also a wonderful gift shop on site with a great selection of books and retro road signs.
The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, Oklahoma really is a first-rate museum and definitely worth visiting. The Museum is located at 2229 W Gary Blvd in Clinton on old Route 66.
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