Joliet Area Historical Museum

204 N Ottawa St, Joliet, Illinois 60432 USA

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Opens Sun 10a
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  • Public
  • No Wifi
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“at the intersection of Route 66 and Lincoln Highway”

Located at the historic intersection of Route 66 and Lincoln Highway, the Joliet Area Historical Museum occupies the space formerly known as the Ottawa Street Methodist Church at the intersection of Cass and Ottawa Streets in downtown Joliet. Since its opening in the fall of 2002, the museum's main exhibition gallery serves as an introduction to the many stories of the Joliet area and its people. Exhibits are enhanced by state-of-the-art audio-visual presentations, life-size models, award-winning touch screen visuals, and even a step-in Lunar Lander Simulator for your interaction as you explore how the past shaped the world you now enjoy. Temporary exhibits and targeted educational programming provide additional interpretive opportunities. The Joliet Area Historical Museum has come into existence from efforts of the City of Joliet, the Joliet Area Historical Society, Joliet Junior College and Joliet citizens. The city purchased the church, and the Joliet Area Historical Museum was incorporated into a 501(c) non-profit organization in 1999.

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J W.

This is really a neat museum! I learned a lot about the area. I also enjoyed the Route 66 information. This is a must see and the gift shop has some great books! Read more

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Bink V.

Small but cute. The museum went over things and people that make this small town special. Really liked it. Brain was very helpful and friendly too. Read more

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Howard L.

First time coming here. I wanted a place to enjoy some walking around and educational sight seeing. This place is hands down amazing for what's crammed into this museum. For a small fee, you get... Read more

Joliet Area Historical Museum

204 N Ottawa St
Joliet, Illinois
60432 USA


Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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