Route 66 is Americana at its best. Located in Clinton, Oklahoma on the western side of the state along I40 is the state’s official Route 66 museum. The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum is a nice little stop that explains the rise and fall of the Mother Road.
Affiliated with the Oklahoma Historical Society. The Oklahoma Route 66 Museum is the best one that we have been to that tells the complete story of the famous highway. Divided up by decades. The museum showcases what made each decade unique. From its humble beginnings as a series of interconnected dirt roads, to the Jazz Age of excess down to the lows of the Dust Bowl as thousands searched for a better life. The 40’s and 50’s became the highpoint of the Route 66 experience of the open road. Followed by the inception of the Interstate Highway System and the end of Route 66 as they knew it.
What really made this an excellent stop was just how well thought out the museum was. A lot of small museums that we have visited seem to be more of hodgepodge of items. No rhyme or reason. Here I could tell they wanted to tell the historical story of Route 66 and they did. Really interesting stuff. I could see all visitors young and old enjoying a trip to the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum.
Another thing I liked about my visit was just how aesthetically pleasing it was. The museum was well organized and clean. Each decade also came complete with samples of the legendary songs that made up the era. The combination of artifacts, vintage cars, and Route 66 signs, old gas pumps, and pictures from each decade really help explain what the Route 66 experience was all about. I also enjoyed how they tied in the bigger picture of each decade to the highway. Having information about the famous celebrities of the day, cost of living, historical moments to help explain the times.
Overall the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum is worth a stop. A great history lesson to be had. If looking for a little nostalgia this place has you covered. Plus, traveling West on I40 once past Oklahoma City there is not a whole lot of quality low cost stops to be had. There are a few diamonds in the rough out there and this is certainly one of them.
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Oklahoma Route 66 Museum
Located at 2229 West Gary BLVD Clinton, OK
Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday 9 to 5 and Sunday 1 to 5 with extended hours during the summer months closed the 1st week in Jan, and most major holidays
Cost as of this Posting: Adults 19 to 61 $7, Seniors 62 and over $5 Children 6 to 18 $4
For more information visit their website at http://www.okhistory.org/sites/route66.php
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