From neon signs to classic cars to drive-ins, Route 66 represents a time in American history that captivates nostalgia lovers everywhere. With one of the largest Route 66 timelines and maps in the country, this gallery is a must-see for any Americana enthusiast.
Hop into the turquoise blue '57 Chevy Bel Air convertible at the John T. Woodruff Theater and learn about the Springfieldian who helped give Route 66 its name.
After that, enjoy your stroll through numerous interactive neon sign exhibits and take photos of your favorite spots along the historic Mother Road.
- Visit the John T. Woodruff Theatre, complete with a '57 Chevy Bel Air convertible, and learn about the man behind the Birthplace of Route 66
- Enjoy fun interactive neon sign exhibits featuring local Route 66 icons like Red's Giant Hamburg, Sanders' Standard Oil gas station, and Sunset Drive-In Theatre. The Rail Haven Motel interactive is especially popular because this famous motel is still open, courtesy of Elliott Lodging
- See the restored Graham's Bar-B-Q neon sign, a reminder of their delicious barbeque sauce, courtesy of Elaine Graham Estes
- Hear the story about John Wilkinson, a local boy who, in 1956 at the age of 9, met Elvis Presley at the Shrine Mosque on Route 66 and later became his rythm guitar player
- View a restored Martin & Schwartz Model 80 Series 4B Cyclops gas pump and stunning Route 66 paintings by area artist Jerry L. Rice, and discover more iconic artifacts throughout the gallery
- Hang out in the Steak 'n Shake Rock and Roll Corner, courtesy of Bridgette, Gary and Sophia Lenoard, and listen to hits playing on our restored AMI jukebox
Illuminating Stories of the Past
Places To Visit
The museum is located at the heart of historic downtown Springfield, Missouri. You’ll find parking and restaurants within walking distance. Our interactive map shows places of rich history in and around the Springfield area, from Civil War sites to the iconic Rail Haven motel on historic Route 66.