Our State is Our Classroom: Route 66 Museum

The state of Oklahoma is full of fun learning opportunities around every corner. Clinton, OK is no exception to this rule. This tiny town is home to the fabulous Route 66 museum.

The Route 66 Museum takes visitors on a journey through the history of the mother road. Guests will learn about the stories and myths surrounding this iconic highway, and the incredible labor required to make the dream of this cross-country thoroughfare a reality.

Interactive exhibits in this museum fully immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the past and give them a peek into the perspective of those living through the golden days of the mother road. A 50s style diner adds to the immersive experience as diners are transported to the 1950s through the food and decor in this little restaurant. The hands-on experiences had in the Route 66 Museum make for amazing discussion opportunities as students fully grasp the emotions of the people surrounding the history of Route 66.

Springtime hours of operation at the Route 66 museum are listed as 9:00-5:00 Monday-Saturday, and 1:00-5:00 on Sunday. Hours change each season, so be sure to check the website before heading out.

Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for students ages 6-18. Children under 6 are admitted free.

The museum is located off I-40 at Exit 65. The address is 2229 W. Gary Blvd. Clinton, OK 73601, and they can be contacted by phone at (580) 323-7866.

If you are looking for resources to expand upon the knowledge gained at the Route 66 Museum, you may find the following materials helpful. All of these materials will spark curiosity and encourage discussion of the history of the historic highway.

Molly’s Route 66 Adventure – From the American Girl Company comes this fun, educational book. It is presented as Molly’s scrapbook and follows her family’s vacation adventures down Route 66 during the 1940s.

Cars – Although it is set in a fictional town, much of the town and the backdrop in this movie is based on various sights found on Route 66. This is a great conversation starter, especially for the younger set.

Grapes of Wrath – This book is probably best suited for older children. It follows a family living through the dust bowl as they make their way down the mother road to California. It is very well written, and an excellent read for upper middle and high school aged students.

Route 66: The Mother Road – This beautiful book contains a bit of everything. From lovely photos and fun facts to interesting stories and inspirational quotes, this book is sure to delight the whole family.

Route 66 Cookbook – This cookbook contains recipes from many of the famous diners once found along the iconic highway. In addition to some delicious recipes, you will also find fun stories and factoids about the included restaurants.

Route 66 Coloring Book – Coloring in a book like this is a fun way to spend the afternoon no matter how old you are. This book includes fun illustrations of some of the sights found along the historic highway as well as activities to get little brains working.