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Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum

Certificate of Excellence
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Address: 205 N Mill Street, Pontiac, IL 61764-1906
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+1 815-842-2345

The museum, centrally located on Route 66, offers rotating exhibits to...

The museum, centrally located on Route 66, offers rotating exhibits to ensure a new and exciting experience each time you stop in. As the only Pontiac-Oakland museum in the world, we display hundreds of pieces of memorabilia alongside the selection of cars. For car enthusiasts, we offer a behind the scenes tour led by museum staff (by appointment only). Be sure to visit our gift shop that offers books, clothing, and other unique items focused on Pontiac and Route 66. The Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum was one of TripAdvisor's 2014 Certificate of Excellence winners. Pontiac, Illinois offers other exciting museums and attractions, so please put Pontiac on your list of places to visit!

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We loved this museum!

This museum is just the right size to be able to enjoy seeing all of the interesting Pontiac memorabilia and exhibits. The cars are beautiful! Everything is clean, well... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Upper Peninsula, Michigan
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Upper Peninsula, Michigan
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This museum is just the right size to be able to enjoy seeing all of the interesting Pontiac memorabilia and exhibits. The cars are beautiful! Everything is clean, well maintained, and displayed with good lighting. There are also lots of neat gift items to purchase. Although admission is free, donations are always welcome. This is a must see for Pontiac... More 

Thank justthe2ofus
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our Route 66 tour we saw this museum and spent about 45 minutes there. Clearly it is focused on Pontiacs and had some nice newer and older cars on display which also illustrated life during the time of the cars. I enjoyed the comparison video showing how a GTO Pontic was superior to Ferrari's at the time. I enjoyed... More 

Thank Warren007
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my wife and kids on a rainy day. I was very surprised with the layout and the number of items in the Museum. the displays are done very well, and they have a nice gift shop.

Thank mk12342015
Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I do not why, but if you have American Express and you are in America LOL, why they don't accept this card. After that there is not too much to see. Unless you love Pontiac Cars there are like 10 cars but only 4 are cool. Because is a museum should be history related but kind of crappie. Do not... More 

Thank Dexterlab27
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The cars are fantastic, well maintained and presented. The other displays are very interesting and informative. Only problem was my wife got stuck in the shop and did some damage to the visa plus I ended up with a Gaudy Route 66 shirt I have no intention of wearing in public.

Thank GrantHay
chicago, United States
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

Traveling from Springfield from Chicago, we stopped in Pontiac. We were nearby at the Route 66 Hall of Fame Museum - so we decided to stop in. Nicely displayed small exhibit of old cars and Route 66 memorabilia. Good gift shop with fun items.

Thank Helen K
Mahomet, Illinois
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235 reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

We toured this museum. It was very nicely arranged and very clean. I enjoyed seeing the Pontiac cars through history. It was very interesting. They had a small gift shop that had route 66 items and other stuff in it. The restrooms were clean. This museum is free and only takes a donation if you wish to donate.

Thank mer1264
Bloomington, Illinois
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113 reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Many neat autos and memorabilia. Donations accepted but free to peruse. Some stuff available for purchase.

Thank Philip E
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Great car museum devoted entirely to the Pontiac and Oakland car makes, as well as all the related paraphernalia that goes along with them. Enjoyable for car people, or not, unless you are just an angry person. If you are a true Pontiac nut, they have a giant library that they might allow you to research stuff in, if you... More 

Thank Eric W
Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 27 December 2016

Museum is an old one, but lot of information on the Pontiac and many war fare affair of the Pontiac is highlighted, 1-2 hours can be spend in the museum

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