North America, Oklahoma

National Route 66 Museum Complex

In July, my daughter and I decided to go on a two week road trip, with many stops along the way. Our goal was to take our time and see as much as possible. We used Route 66 as our guide and our first stop was the National Route 66 Museum Complex.

National Route 66 Museum Complex

Located in Elk City, Oklahoma on Historic Route 66, the complex is comprised of five different museums and we had a good time exploring. We didn’t walk through all of it, but I think you could easily spend 5 hours exploring it all.

National Transportation Museum

I love old cars, so the National Transportation Museum was right up my alley. We walked around and explored the beautiful classics and while I’m not posting it here, my daughter even went down the fire pole.









Sitting in the 1955 Pink Cadillac was a treat for sure. We even got to watch a little of the classic movie “The Blob”. Have you seen it? It’s fun to watch things from your past with your current knowledge.

Continue through the second building of the Transportation Museum to see scenes from the past.



Small toys from the past. Aren’t they neat?








Have you ever been to an old time drive in to have a burger? You can see a scene from that here. It reminds me of the old show “Happy Days”. I really loved that show.






There were several scenes like these depicting what people went through to get west.





During this period, the people were fortunate enough to have vehicles for their travels. I’ve read stories about people pushing handcarts from Illinois to Utah or California. That would be really tough.





Old Town Museum

Walk out back of the Transportation Museum and you will see a replica for an old village. It’s really cute. Find a chapel, doctor’s office and school house.

I love stained glass and was happy to see this one in the Pioneer Chapel.

Need to see the doctor and have a little surgery? This is the place to go. I wonder if they left the coverings off the windows of the surgery room for extra light. I can see the faces peering through to watch.

The Old Town Museum in the National Route 66 Museum Complex has some really interesting things from the past that I had never seen. This photo below shows a lady receiving a perm. How horrifying does this contraption look?

This baby carriage was on display and I thought it was so pretty. My oldest daughter was pregnant at the time and I thought of how it would be for her to push her little baby around in it. It’s so fancy.

The Rest of the National Route 66 Museum Complex

The Complex also has a Farm and Ranch Museum and a Blacksmith Museum you can visit. We didn’t this trip, but maybe if we ever go back. If you’re driving Route 66, I highly recommend a stop at the National Route 66 Museum Complex. There is something for everyone to see. Visit their website for current hours and rates.






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  • Beverley April 8, 2020 at 11:44 am

    The Old Town Museum looks just like a quaint little village. I love that the museum gives a flash back to the past, and would have to agree that the contraption for the perm, would put me off from having one.

    • ppadmin May 11, 2020 at 12:05 pm

      I loved the set up. We felt like we were stepping back in time.

  • Kelly Anne Francois April 8, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    A roadtrip down Route 66 is on my bucketlist! I would also love this museum, as I love old cars, toys, etc. The drive-in scene is really cool as well. I also loved Happy Days. Why can’t they make shows like that again?

    • ppadmin May 11, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      I totally agree. I miss shows like Happy Days and Eight is Enough. So much garbage on TV now.

  • Larch Gauld April 8, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    I have always wanted to go along Route 66 and the Transport Museum Complex looks like great fun to visit. There seem to be so many different and interesting parts to it.

    • ppadmin May 11, 2020 at 12:07 pm

      It’s a must stop place for sure. There are so many different things to look at.

  • Freya April 8, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    This looks like a fun day trip Kathleen. I’d love to sit inside a pink Cadillac, how cool! That perm contraption does look scary though, I’d be worried I’d end up bald YIKES.

    • ppadmin May 11, 2020 at 12:08 pm

      Seriously. I wonder who ever thought up such a machine. My mom made me get perms in high school. I’m so happy that machine was not how it was done.

  • Cynthia Mackintosh April 9, 2020 at 8:02 am

    What a fun trip! My boys would love that transportation museum. Isn’t it funny how you can see some cool, interesting, and odd statues along the roads like that Myrtle Kachina doll? lol

    • ppadmin May 11, 2020 at 12:11 pm

      Yes. The Kachina doll was an odd thing to see there. It was a pretty cool place though.

  • Soumya Gayatri April 13, 2020 at 2:44 am

    This seems like a fun day out. As much as I am thrilled by the National Route 66 museum, I am more attracted by the old village that is right outside. Looks so charming. It would be amazing to take a tour there.

    • ppadmin May 11, 2020 at 12:13 pm

      It’s all part of the complex, so you can see it all in one stop. We really enjoyed exploring it.

  • Amrita April 14, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    Wow, you seem to have a fun day with your daughter. I loved the miniature toy vehicles. I wish I had a few of them in my collection. Sitting in the pink Cadillac looks super fun as well. Old Town Museum looks pretty interesting with the surgery and all. But that display of the lady receiving perm is surely not inviting!

    • ppadmin May 11, 2020 at 12:51 pm

      You are so right. That perm machine is crazy. We had a fun day and a really great trip.