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Oklahoma Route 66 Museum

2229 West Gary Boulevard
580-323-7866

History

The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum is operated by The Oklahoma Historical Society, a state agency. The museum was originally opened to the public in 1968 as the Museum of the Western Trails, operated by the Oklahoma Industrial Trust and Recreation Department (which later became the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation).

 In 1991 the museum was transferred to OHS. In 1993 plans began for a redevelopment of the museum in order to focus on transportation and Route 66. The project was funded with federal, state and private funds, with the citizens of Clinton (population approximately 10,000) raising over $200,000.00.

The museum officially opened on September 23, 1995, as the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum with a grand opening celebration in Clinton including car shows, free live entertainment, a rock’n roll dance and many other activities.

Exhibits begin with “The World’s Largest Curio Cabinet,” home of special treasures collected from along the route. An audio tour written and narrated by Michael Wallis, author of Route 66: The Mother Road, will guide visitors through six decades of Route 66 history.

 Along the way visitors see vehicles and listen to music while they experience the history and culture of each decade concerning road construction, transportation, lodging, restaurants, garages, curio shops, attractions, and other artifacts, graphics, and videos. At the end of their trip down the “Main Street of America,” visitors catch their breath in the drive-in theater, before stopping in the “Curio” gift shop with its wide selection of signs, books, videos, clothing, toys, games and numerous other mementos, of Route 66 and the Museum.



Reviews

Charlie Richmond

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Extremely well done and complete museum covering all of Route 66 and focusing on the Oklahoma portion of course. Information is well presented but very dense if you have the time to check it out in depth, which could easily take a couple of hours. The shop is well stocked with souvenirs at good prices and the docents are very friendly but their knowledge varies depending on the individual of course. There are some great displays with old vehicles and objects as well as collages of newspaper clippings from all the eras of the highway.

Thomas van der Meer

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Monday, July 23, 2018
Amazing museum that explains the history of the route 66 very clearly. You also get to know why certain things came into existence, like gas stations and busses. I loved it!

Steph Weber

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Friday, July 27, 2018
Amazing fun stop for the family and worth the trip to the museum. Brand new and tons of stuff to take pictures with and a lot of history. Highly Recommend

Gail Bianco

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
I really enjoyed this, especially with the lower senior price of $5. They allow pictures inside and some things you can pose in. Great gift shop. Volunteers very helpful.

Ryno Bones

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Friday, July 13, 2018
Has not changed much since my last visit, but it is pretty neat. Lots of good history and a few hands on things for the kids.

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