There are plenty of museums to enjoy along and near Route 66 in California. Below is a list of the museums we have visited. These museums mainly focus on historical Route 66 material. Also provided is a map that plots these museums.
Below is an alphabetical list of towns with detailed descriptions.
The California Route 66 Museum is located in historic Old Town Victorville. Three display rooms and a gift shop are housed in the 5,000-square-foot former Red Rooster Cafe. The dedicated museum staff constantly keeps rotates displays, as well as maintains static displays, such as the remains of the once classic Route 66 landmark known as […]
Goffs was once a railroad junction town where the California Eastern Railway branched off the Santa Fe mainline. At one time, this railroad that was built in 1893 reached out from Goffs as the sole supply line to a small outpost known as Las Vegas, Nevada. How times have changed. Later, Goffs was yet another town […]
A stone’s throw away from that popular historic road known as Route 66 and a little north of downtown Barstow lies one of the more historic gems that the Mojave Desert region has to offer – the Harvey House. Originally named Casa Del Desierto (meaning “House of the Desert”) when it first opened in 1911, […]
The Mother Road Museum is located in Barstow’s historic Harvey House, a short distance north of Route 66. There are two other museums located at the Harvey House that are well worth a visit. Before you visit, make sure you will be visiting on a day and time when the museums are open.
Not far off Route 66 in San Bernardino is a piece of American business history – the original restaurant of fast-food giant McDonald’s. A local fast-food franchise company now owns this site and has turned it into a museum.
Situated along one of Southern California’s most well-known highways (Route 66) is one of its least-known botanical gardens – Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden in Claremont. Many people who travel on Route 66 don’t even notice the little sign that marks the entrance to this botanical garden that only specializes in plants from its home […]