Our 1,200 sq. ft. Visitors Center has been designed to highlight two types of heritage tourism integral to central Illinois: Historic Route 66 and Lincoln tourism. The Visitors Center features an exhibit that compare the experiences of Lincoln in his travels with those of automobilists during the golden days of Route 66. The exhibit features stories about dining, lodging, and traveling during the two eras. It also includes two short videos. Cruisin' on Route 66 with Abraham Lincoln is a light-hearted look at the downtown Bloomington locations with ties to Lincoln. Lt. Chester Henry's experiences as an Illinois State Police trooper on Route 66 are detailed in Cruisin' on Route 66 with Chester Henry. Visitors can enjoy both features in our mini-auditoriums. The auditoriums use vintage seating original to the building's former life as a courthouse.
A bus loading zone is located outside the West Washington Street entrance, and bus parking is available by contacting the Visitors Center/Museum at (309) 827-0428. For adult tours, your tour group coordinator may contact our Director of Marketing and Community Relations. For student tours, please contact the Museum's Education Department. Both can be reached at (309) 827-0428.
Accessible restrooms are available in the Visitors Center. A snack area with seating and tables is also available for guests.
The Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center gift shop features:
You can also grab a cold soda from our vintage Pepsi machine!
Our Visitors Center provides information on all of the wonderful attractions, events, dining, and lodging available in McLean County. Information is available at our registration desk, in brochure stands, and at our digital kiosk. Volunteers and staff are also available to answer questions or help with directions to popular tourist sites.
The Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center project was funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity/Illinois Office of Tourism Marketing Partnership Grant, with additional funding from the McLean County Museum of History, the Bloomington/Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the County of McLean, and the Public Building Commission of McLean County