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Original McDonald's Site and Museum

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Address: 1398 N E St, San Bernardino, CA 92405
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+1 909-885-6324

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Nice collection of McDonald's memorabilia

Jack was great, he greeted each visitor warmly and was very informative about the displays. There are toys and items from McDonald's around the world. The building is located on... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Alexandra T
Murrieta, California
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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great collection of history of McDonalds and McDonalds items. It was interesting to learn that even though this is the original site of McDonalds that it's not recognized by McDonalds as the original. The museum was free and brought back a lot of old memories of McDonalds from my childhood.

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Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Jack was great, he greeted each visitor warmly and was very informative about the displays. There are toys and items from McDonald's around the world. The building is located on the site of the original McDonald brothers restaurant in San Bernardino.

Thank Alexandra T
Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At least in my experience someone who is continually negative and has an axe to grind is a very dull individual to be around, or better yet to have to hear about. The McDonald's original site and Museum had a lot of interesting memorabilia and pictures. However, from the moment we walked in the door we were told how the... More 

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Claremont, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since we saw the movie we had to go check out his place. A lot of interest in the museum do to the movie release. Interestingly the curator had not seen the movie yet but indicated attendance has spiked. The "guided tour" consisted of him sitting behind the counter and telling interesting stories since he has been there since 2008.... More 

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Crown Point, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

This is a labor of love ...obviously lots off work and money went in to this, and it is free and the host who was there loved his museum and loved his guests. Everyone there was delighted looking around.

Thank Susan K
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We visited in late December. My son-in-law read about this place in a travel guide. The museum is free and is basically a collection of lots of McDonald's memorabilia. It was fun to gaze at the history of McDonald's. The guide who gave us a bit of history was very thorough but he did use some salty language, which was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit and take a walk down memory lane. Walking the isles of happy Meal toys and listing to the history from the lovely workers there was great. Could even spot some old toys from New Zealand!! Only need half an hour but a good stop

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We were looking for something to do to fill in a morning in San Bernardino. We expected to spend a short time there but ended up being there for 3 hours! It is a fantastic collection of history, Memorabilia and they have sections dedicated to different parts of the world. An excellent few hours spent browsing the thousands of items... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

The employee who greeted is clearly passionate about the place. He told us about the early history of the McDonald brothers and their relationship with Croc who eventually bought the business. There are hundreds of items both large and small, it's amazing how much they produced over the years. It's the sort of place you can spend 20 minutes or... More 

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Acworth, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We showed up and met the two guys painting the mural on the outside of the building. It was amazing, and they were very knowledgeable and friendly. They gave us a tour of the outside and then introduced us to someone else for the inside tour.

Thank Michael L

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