Route 66 Museum in Barstow, CA

I have been a fan of all things Route 66 for a while now, even going so far as to drive the entirety of the California portion, read about that here. I hope to one day do the whole thing, but that is an idea for another time. Till then, I try to soak up all of the information I can on this historic US road trip. All of that to say that when I finally got a chance to check out the Route 66 Museum in Barstow, I jumped at the chance. Here is all the information.


  • Free
  • Open Friday – Sunday only from 10 AM – 4 PM
  • Location: 681 N 1st Ave, Barstow, CA 92311

Getting There

From Highway 15, you will get off on Barstow Rd and then head north down to Main St. From Main St you will turn on 1st St then head over the railroad tracks on the bridge. The museum and old train station will be on the right. There is a large parking lot with a bunch of spaces to park in.

The Museum

The Route 66 Museum in Barstow has an excellent collection of memorabilia, but it is pretty small, so it won’t take you more than 30 minutes to see it all.

The museum sits in the famous train building, which is worth seeing on it’s on as it can accommodate a ton of trains.

The museum has around four small rooms full of everything from cars and old gas pumps to photos.

When I went, I got a chance to talk with a few of the local volunteers, and it was a great experience as they were very knowledgeable and had an appreciation for the history of this famous spot.

After 30 minutes of exploring, I continued my drive to Las Vegas. If you have time, be sure to also check out the train museum located in the same building, and the trains sitting out in the parking lot as well.

Let me know what you think of this spot in the comments and check out the rest of my Route 66 recommendations here.

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