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Livingston County War Museum

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Address: 321 N Main St, Pontiac, IL 61764
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+1 815-842-0301
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

We are a hands-on, living history museum featuring displays, artifacts and...

We are a hands-on, living history museum featuring displays, artifacts and uniforms of local soldiers from World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Our staff is made up of military veterans who are present to share their experiences with you.

We are located next to the Route 66 Museum. Visited by guests from over 75 countries since 2004. Free admission. Free parking. Open 7 days a week Mon-Sat 10 - 4, Sun 12 - 4.

See you on Route 66!

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Very good museum!

Some of the manikins in uniform look very real! Well worth the price of the donation. the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 December 2016
Bradley, Illinois
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Bradley, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Some of the manikins in uniform look very real! Well worth the price of the donation. the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank Allen_M_54
Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We truly enjoyed the personalized approach taken by this museum. Stocked with uniforms, medals and memorabilia donated by local county and area residents allows the museum and its extremely knowledgeable volunteers to tell the stories of these individuals in a way few museums can. It puts a name and face to so many of those who served their country. The... More 

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Key Largo, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Could have spent much longer than I did (others in the party not as interested in the military). If you read all the info available you could probably spend the day.

Thank mcriss50
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Really enjoyed the visit to see this museum. Liked to see all the uniforms displayed from the various wars. Well worth the stop. Well done.

Thank Ginger0529
Kankakee, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

this is a very heart warming place to go and check out. so much to see and read about, and its free, donations will be accepted. its worth the visit

Thank whtiger1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

The Livingston County War Museum is located on the 3rd floor of a building containing multiple museums. I certainly wasn't prepared for this exhibit. Upon entering, I was immediately taken back with the deluge of mannequins dressed in uniforms. Upon closer inspection, I saw that each represented a local service man/woman. A tag hung from each, telling the visitor who... More 

Thank Deb022
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

I love military history, and do my best to visit local museums while on vacation. This museum is small and the space is packed pretty tightly. I would recommend to the local town council that they find and dedicate an entire building to this group! The uniforms and equipment they have available could easily justify their own building with ten... More 

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Pekin, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

Must visit if in Pontiac. The museum is ran by wonderful, very knowledgeable volunteers on donations. We loved hearing all the stories the guide knew about all the soldiers they had featured. We had a great day visiting all the sites in Pontiac.

Thank Melissa B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

This is a war museum with information and displays from the civil war until present. The displays are well kept, amazing amount of uniforms and guns. The volunteers are great as most are vets and love to share their experiences. Best museum in Pontiac. Oh, it's free too.

Thank 28world-traveler
Wood Dale, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

I could have spent our entire visit to Pontiac in this one museum. There was just so much to see, read, and learn about from those who volunteer to man the museum. If you're a veteran, please don't pass this place up. You'll be kicking yourself in the butt if you do. And best part of all...it's totally FREE!

Thank pjungel

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