Automobile Museums and Attractions Along Route 66



Automobile Museums and Attractions Along Route 66

The classic 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air ... ready for another road trip on Historic Route 66!

Different people want to experience different things on Route 66. And that is great! Transportation options and speeds vary, from personal vehicles, rental cars, motorcycles to RVs.

Some love history, some geography. Others like classic service stations, fun quirky attractions like the giant "Muffler Men", and quaint motels, while others enjoy exploring the many museums along the route. Many seek out the many bridges on Route 66.

And there are many of us that love transportation ... cars, automobiles, RVs and motorcycles. Shown on this page are some of the many car museums and attractions along Route 66 ... and you will find even more on your next Route 66 road trip!

Pontiac - Oakland Automobile Museum in Illinois

The museum is located at 205 North Mill Street in Pontiac. For more information, visit the Pontiac Museum website

Pontiac - Oakland Automobile Museum in  Pontiac, Illinois Indoor exhibit area at the Pontiac - Oakland Automobile Museum in  Pontiac, Illinois

St. Louis Car Museum

The St. Louis Car Museum is the premier classic and collector car showroom of the Midwest, offering a variety of services that cater to all things motor-related! Since 1994, the packed automotive museum has been a Go-To destination where car enthusiasts from around the world can reminisce alongside 100+ classic & collector cars, vintage signage, rare pedal cars, and memorabilia, all while listening to popular music!

The museum hosts many car clubs throughout the year, and is a popular stop for Route 66 enthusiasts. It is located at 1575 Woodson Road in St. Louis.

St. Louis Car Museum website

Exterior view of the St. Louis Car Museum in Missouri Interior exhibit area at the St. Louis Car Museum in Missouri

Route 66 Car Museum

Route 66 Car Museum in Springfield, Missouri is dedicated to showcasing and preserving some of the most quintessential and beautiful automobiles in history.

The museum is open 9 to 5 every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving. It takes anywhere from one to two hours to tour the museum with over 70 cars in its collection. It is located at 1634 W College St, Springfield, MO 65806

Route 66 Car Museum Website

Sign at the Route 66 Car Museum in Springfield, Missouri
Exterior of the Route 66 Car Museum in Springfield, Missouri Antique car on display at  the Route 66 Car Museum in Springfield, Missouri


Cars on the Route

Cars on the Route is located in a restored circa 1934 Kan-O-Tex service station at 119 North Main Street in Galena, Kansas.

It features the rusted 1951 International Harvester tow truck "Tow Tater" and other restored vehicles on display. The tow truck was the inspiration for the character "Tow Mater" in the Pixar classic movie "Cars".

Cars on the Route: Galena Kansas on Historic US Route 66

Kan-O-Tex gas pumps at Cars on the Route in Galena Kansas on Historic US Route 66 Tow Tater at Cars on the Route: Galena Kansas on Historic US Route 66

Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum

The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa, Oklahoma features the world's tallest gas pump, at 66-foot-tall, a prominent Route 66 landmark. It also includes an extensive indoor collection of historic automobiles and other historical treasures.

The Museum is on the grow, with an all new expansion planned for 2023. See photo below right, courtesy of Reed Architects, the designers of the new expansion. This will be a 60% expansion to boost its visibility, exhibit space, and revenue streams. The project includes 5,000 square feet under roof and a 2,400-square-foot outdoor plaza. It promises a dramatic increase in the museum’s 36-vehicle inventory and other exhibits. This expansion parallels a neighboring park development by the city of Sapulpa. The Route 66 Rock Creek Park will provide a tourist-friendly playground and rest stop connected to the museum.

The Museum is located at 13 Sahoma Lake Road, Sapulpa, OK 74066. For more information, phone 918.216.1171, or visit ....

The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum website and The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum on Facebook

The world's tallest gas pump ... at the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa, Oklahoma The Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum in Sapulpa, Oklahoma ... expansion plans for 2023

Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum

The Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum is located at 336992 E. Highway 66 in Warwick, Oklahoma, west of Chandler.

Seaba Station was built in 1921 by John and Alice Seaba, five years before historic Route 66 would be certified. This building's life started out as a DX station, and has now been restored and operated as a popular motorcycle museum.

Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum website and Seaba Station on Facebook
or phone 405.258.9141

Exterior view of the Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum in Warwick, Oklahoma, on Historic Route 66 Motorcycles on display at the Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum in Warwick, Oklahoma, on Historic Route 66

The Volkswagen Slug Bug Ranch in Conway, Texas

The ranch is located off I-40 Exit 96 - Frontage road, southwest corner of the interchange

The Volkswagon Slug Bug Ranch in Conway, Texas The Volkswagon Slug Bug Ranch in Conway, Texas

Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum

The Jack Sisemore RV Museum & RV Storage is located at 14501 Interstate 27 in Amarillo. The Sisemores began restoring and collecting unusual vintage RVs over 25 years ago.

Their museum houses many of the RVs in their collection including a Flxible Clipper Bus, the first Itasca motor home ever built, the oldest Fleetwood in existence and many other RVs from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. Several vintage motorcycles are also on display. The museum is free to the public.

Phone 806.690.3377 for information and hours of operation. It is typically closed for the winter season from mid-November to early April.

Website of the Jack Sisemore RV Museum

Jack Sisemore RV Museum in Amarillo Texas

Flxible Bus at the Jack Sisemore RV Museum in Amarillo, Texas Vintage camper and motorcycle at the Jack Sisemore RV Museum in Amarillo, Texas


The Cadillac RV Park on I-40 west of Amarillo

Cadillac RV Park sign in Amarillo, Texas The Cadillac RV Park on I-40 west of Amarillo, Texas
The 2nd Amendment Cowboy at the Cadillac RV Park
The 2nd Amendment Cowboy at the Cadillac RV Park

Popular in Amarillo: The Cadillac Ranch

As one heads westbound out from Amarillo today on I-40 between exits 60 and 62, the Cadillac Ranch comes into view quickly, on the south side of the road, on a privately owned pasture.

The Cadillac Ranch ... classic, half-buried Cadillacs! West of Amarillo Texas on I-40The Cadillac Ranch ... classic, half-buried Cadillacs!

This "interactive" folk art site of ten Cadillacs is the work of financier Stanley Marsh. Creators included Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group "Ant Farm".

It was created in 1974 and consists of what were old or junked Cadillac automobiles, many sporting those classic tail fins. The cars, from the 1949 Club Sedan to the 1963 Sedan de Ville, face west in a straight line.

The cars are half-buried nose-first in the ground, at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. As the city of Amarillo grew and encroached on the original site, the cars were moved two miles west to its current location in 1997.

Take exit 60 from I-40. Access is from the service road on the south side of the interstate. Park, cross over the fence gate, and walk across the field about 100 yards ... free admission!

Graffiti is allowed as you will quickly learn!

Just Across the Border into New Mexico

Located on Historic Route 66, Russell's Truck & Travel Center offers a complete grocery store, an authentic Route 66 Diner, a classic car and memorabilia museum, a chapel, and great showers. It is located at 1583 Frontage Rd 4132, Glenrio, NM 88434. Take I-40 Exit 369 (Highway 392).

It was purchased in 2023 by Travel Centers of America (TA). Read more at the Russell's TA Travel Center website.

Russell's Truck & Travel Center near Glenrio, New Mexico ... now a Travel Center of America (TA)
Russell's Truck & Travel Center near Glenrio, New Mexico Russell's Truck & Travel Center near Glenrio, New Mexico


 

Route 66 Auto Museum

One of the popular local attractions in Santa Rosa,New Mexico, is the Route 66 Auto Museum, which draws car buffs from all over the country and beyond. The museum houses a large collection of classics, low riders, muscle cars and motorcycles … plus, gas pumps and other auto memorabilia from the early days of Route 66.  

Route 66 comes to life as you tour this iconic collection of vintage cars, trucks, toys, gas pumps, and memorabilia, all brought together to celebrate and remember the glory days.

There’s enough chrome, fins, and colorful finishes to give any car buff an unforgettable experience. A gift shop and snack bar are part of the experience as well.

For more information visit the Website of the Route 66 Auto Museum or phone 575.472.1966

Mural at the Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa, New Mexico
Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa, New Mexico Entrance area at the Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa, New Mexico
One of the many indoor exhibits at the Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa, New Mexico Indoor collection of cars at the Route 66 Auto Museum, Santa Rosa, New Mexico

The Cars of Barstow on Route 66

Barstow has a long-standing connection with Historic U.S. Route 66, and the automobile ... today a number of murals, signs and monuments add to the history of the Mother Road in Barstow.

The black convertible on Route 66
Barstow California Signage: the black convertible on Route 66

The green Ford Mustang in Barstow, California
Barstow California Signage: the green Ford Mustang on Route 66
The black Corvette
Barstow California Signage: the black Chevrolet Corvette on Route 66
The blue 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air
Barstow California Signage: the blue 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air on Route 66