Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum

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Get a complete Route 66 Experience all under one roof!

The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum features thousands of artifacts and memorabilia related to Route 66 - The Mother Road.

Our Museum boasts:

  • Friendly and knowledgeable guides
  • Route 66 memorabilia from Hall of Fame members!
  • Route 66 Artist and Icon, Bob Waldmire's bus and van!
  • Travel resources - explore the highway by visiting Route 66 towns on our flip-rack library!
  • A great photo op with the largest Route 66 shield mural, painted on our museum's outside back wall!*
  • SO much more! has voted us one of their 52 Sights of the Week! Click to read why they consider our Museum one of America's top attractions!


Lyn Dennis (via our Facebook Fan page) says,

Gotta say that we just returned from spending time on The Mother Road and Illinois has done itself proud in trying to maintain the history of Rt 66. Pontiac deserves a medal. We would like to have spent HOURS there. We've promised ourselves a return trip. :)

We're so glad we stopped here on our Route 66 trip! I can't wait to visit again and see and meet more nice people. This Museum is truly a vibrant, changing tribute to the road.

View a slideshow of our fabulous museum - the next best thing to seeing it in person (and we hope you will!)

If you'd like to loan or donate Route 66 items to the Museum, please bring them in on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

If you'd like to volunteer your time, please email Jim Jones at or Cathie Stevanovich at

Thanks to everyone for your support!

(815) 844-4566

Our Hall of Fame and Museum is handicapped-accessible. A wheelchair is available for use during your stay. An elevator to the second floor is available as well.

Open 7 Days a Week!
(Holiday exceptions: Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.)

Winter Hours (start November 1st)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Summer Hours (start April 1st)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Quintessential Route 66 Photo Op

*The Route 66 Shield mural on the back of our Hall of Fame and Museum, created by Diaz Sign Art of Pontiac, IL is the largest painted Route 66 Shield in the world. Since its creation in 2007, it has become a huge tourist attraction of its own merit and is an extremely popular photo op for visitors to Pontiac.

To celebrate the popularity of this quintessential Route 66 photo op located literally in our own back yard, we're compiling a slideshow of photos of it taken by visitors to the mural. It's an ever-growing collection - is your photo included?

Click to submit your photos of/with our pride and joy, the Route 66 Shield.


110 W Howard St Pontiac Il
Pontiac, IL 61764
United States
40° 52' 52.0068" N, 88° 37' 43.5468" W

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Pontiac, IL, 61764
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Historic Maps

Highway GuideWatch Route 66 evolve into The Mother Road  with maps and highway guides from 1917-1992 courtesty of the official Illinois Digital Archives.