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Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum

Visit a charming family-run museum where the owners’ passion for vintage cars is on clear display throughout all the exhibits. 

The Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum features a wide range of classic cars on display in the town where they were first produced. Pontiac is the birthplace of the Pontiac and Oakland branches of General Motors. This museum celebrates these cars and their history. Come here to find a rotating range of vehicles on display. 

The museum opened in 2011. It was established by Tim Dye, a Pontiac car enthusiast, and his wife Penny. He was traveling home from a Pontiac car show when he spotted a sign for the town of the same name and decided to investigate. It didn’t take long for him to realize this was the ideal place for a museum dedicated to Pontiac cars. With the help of several community figures, including the mayor of the town, the Dyes managed to open a museum here within just one year. Come today and see how fully their vision has been realized, with a huge array of wonderful cars in the showroom rotating throughout the year. 

View cars that originate from various decades, including very old models as well as more recent ones. Many of the cars on display have been lovingly restored by Tim Dye himself. Sometimes he takes time out from working on a car to display it in its unfinished state, so that visitors to the museum can better understand the restoration process. See the before-and-after exhibits that show a similar model of a car before and after restoration work to get a sense of how much work and craftsmanship goes into each car. 

Find the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum just north of the Vermilion River in the small town of Pontiac. Check the events calendar before you visit, as car-themed activities are held here throughout the year. In the past, these have included hands-on group restorations of sections of vintage cars. When you have seen enough cars for the day, visit some of the other nearby attractions, such as the Catherine Yost House Museum or the International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum.


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Super 8 by Wyndham Pontiac $48
Super 8 by Wyndham Pontiac

Super 8 by Wyndham Pontiac

601 S Deerfield Rd, Pontiac, IL
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a rural location, this motel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of International Wall Dog Mural and Sign Art Museum and Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum. Livingston County Courthouse and Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Best Western Pontiac Inn $66
    Best Western Pontiac Inn

    Best Western Pontiac Inn

    1821 W Reynolds St, Pontiac, IL
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Pontiac, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of International Wall Dog Mural and Sign Art Museum and Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum. Livingston County Courthouse and Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Hampton Inn Pontiac $104
      Hampton Inn Pontiac

      Hampton Inn Pontiac

      2000 Grand Prix Drive, Pontiac, IL
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Pontiac, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of International Wall Dog Mural and Sign Art Museum and Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum. Livingston County Courthouse and Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Quality Inn Pontiac $68
        Quality Inn Pontiac

        Quality Inn Pontiac

        1823 West Reynolds Street, Pontiac, IL
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Pontiac, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of International Wall Dog Mural and Sign Art Museum and Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum. Livingston County Courthouse and Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Americas Best Value Inn Chenoa $53
          Americas Best Value Inn Chenoa

          Americas Best Value Inn Chenoa

          505 Hoselton Dr, Chenoa, IL
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church of Chenoa, and Matthew T Scott House. OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center is 11.5 mi (18.4 km) away.

            Super 8 by Wyndham Dwight $62
            Super 8 by Wyndham Dwight

            Super 8 by Wyndham Dwight

            14 E Northbrook Dr, Dwight, IL
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Dwight, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Renfrew Park, Dwight Village Hall, and Florence W Garrett Park. William G. Stratton State Park and Gebhard Woods State Park are also within 20 mi (32 km).

              AmericInn by Wyndham Streator $79
              AmericInn by Wyndham Streator

              AmericInn by Wyndham Streator

              1705 N Bloomington St, Streator, IL
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Streator, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Anderson Fields Golf Course and Weber House and Garden. Streator City Park and Streatorland Historical Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Streator's Baldwin House $120
                Streator's Baldwin House

                Streator's Baldwin House

                204 East Kent Street, Streator, IL
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Streator, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Streator City Park and Weber House and Garden. Spring Lake Park is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.