Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis

On Thursday, we all went down to Forest Park to check out the newest exhibit at the Missouri History Museum–“Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis.” Even from the outside, you know something special is going on:

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And you can tell they’re expecting big crowds from the way they have the entrance set up!

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There are lots of cool maps and road signs:

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The vintage restaurant and hotel signs are amazing! So much neon, including the restored sign from the Chase:

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Lots of other vintage items on display, too, including uniforms, a Corvette, motel keys, a motorcycle, a jukebox, a chrome Airstream, and a very cool rotary phone!

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There were also some hands-on items, including a very fun “how to fold a map” activity that mystified the children almost as much as the rotary phone did. The narrative placards were also very informative.

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There is just so much to see!

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We definitely got our kicks!

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This exhibit is going to be around for a full year, and I highly recommend visiting it at least once if you have the chance. It’s incredibly well done, to the point where I think it may be even better than the amazing 250 in 250 exhibit was, and most importantly, really makes the history of the era come alive!

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