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Joliet Area Historical Museum


Joliet Area Historical Museum

"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."


According to Joliet Kicks on 66


Joliet Area Historical Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center

Located at 204 North Ottawa Street in Joliet. For more information, call 815.723.5201 or visit thier website at


Get ready to Kick with the Rock’in Excitement of Joliet’s Route 66 Experience. Literally touch, feel and interact with exciting elements that will take you back in time to when the entire family loaded in the car for an exciting cross country adventure!


Take a seat at the Route 66 Drive in, get acquainted with Jake and Elwood Blues, and rest up at a Hotel Room complete with Magic Fingers! You will be able to tell all your friends you “Visited Joliet….. and Stayed for Ten to Twenty” with e-mail photo postcards and interactive guest book!