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Joliet Area Historical Museum, Joliet

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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.


Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
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  • The Joliet Area Historical Museum is worth visiting even if you never saw the Blues Brothers' movie or never drove on Route 66. Located at 204 Ottawa Street in Joliet, Illinois, Chicago's largest...  more »
  • We were spending the day driving the Illinois section of Route 66 and made this visitor's centre and museum our first port of call. There is a free display in the entrance lobby which provides some...  more »
  • I had a great time at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Saving Power Church hosted a function there. Appetizers and drinks were served on the roof top, and with the summer breeze and sun setting it was heavenly. Later, dinner was served in the lower level and it was beautifully decorated. The staff was professional and very helpful while being present, but not intrusive. I highly recommend having your next company, church or family get together here.
  • Stopped here for a I&M National Heritage Area stamp. Really nice museum. The girl at the desk was really friendly, and knowledgeable. The museum was much more than I expected. I had a really nice time visiting the Joliet Area Historical Museum and learned a lot about the area.

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