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“Informative visit” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Original McDonald's Site and Museum

Original McDonald's Site and Museum
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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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539 reviews
175 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
“Informative visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

First class museum to visit and was helpful staff with plenty of information to give you a blast from the past. Nice to see the old cooking appliances and menus from the 1940's up to today.
Good place to stop on Route 66.

Visited November 2013
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Washington State
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“Worth A Stop IF You Are In The Area”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013

If you grew up with McDonald's then this museum is worth stopping by. The original building is long gone, but a sign from the period is still on the sight.

The neighborhood is not the best with bars in the windows of most of the businesses in the area. The museum itself appears somewhat run down, pretty small, and there are no video displays. However, if you grew up eating at McDonald's the artifacts on display will bring back a lot of memories. It took my less then 30 minutes to complete my visit and there was no fee to visit the museum.

I would not go out of my way to visit, but if you are in the area it is worth stopping by.

Visited November 2013
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Arlington, Virginia
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167 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
“Only go if you are a history buff, McDonald's Fan or just love a good business story”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

This is secret....lots of history here including the McFeud...very sad but at the same time...you will say Wow or OMG at least ten times. First of all it is free....second....you will see things that will make your reflect on commercials and flashback to characters also it makes you think hard about the happy meal as well as how the franchise business is complicated. This is the first store, the original corporate in Oak Brook does not share about this history which is the real history. Ray Kroc had a dispute with the McDonalds Brothers and actually built a cooperate store across the street to drive them out of business as well as take way the Golden Arches Trademark. The Gentlemen that works here also provides history of the town, famous people and the Juan Pollo Chicken. The outside of the building has some excellent murals. If you are within a one hour drive I would recommend stopping by if you care about history, business or the birth of McDonalds. They also have lots of items donated by people. Here's a secret...there is a small military museum that is next door that is also free!

Visited October 2013
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Palm Springs, California, United States
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“Worth a visist to see this site and museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013

I was in San Bernardino and decided to check out the site of the first and original McDonald's restaurant ever opened. Today at the site, which is now a building that houses corporate headquarters and a McDonald's museum, and is the site of the original location where the McDonald brothers opened their first restaurant "McDonald's Bar-B-Que" which they ran from 1940-48. At that same location In Oct 1948 they closed the BBQ and in December 1948 opened McDonald's Hamburgers featuring the "speedy service" system and sold 15c Hamburgers and 10c fries. The original octagonal shaped building was torn down and replaced with the new "Golden Arches" design in 1953 the same year that saw 3 other McDonald's locations open in Arizona and So California. In 1954 Ray Kroc convinced the brothers to let him franchise McDonald's and he opened his first store in 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois. Although it was the 9th McDonald's to open he names his store McDonald's #1 and his first store is now the Official McDonald's Museum. Although the original San Bernardino site was demolished in the 1970's a building was built on the site which was not a restaurant, but is the corporate headquarters for "Juan Pollo" a chain of Mexican style Chicken restaurants. The building houses the corporate offices and staff and is a combination office and museum. I arrived and was given a guided tour by Jim Valdez who was a fountain of knowledge of all things McDonald's and San Bernardino history. There are fascinating displays and memorabilia of McDonald's and also Route 66 which went through San Bernardino. I highly recommend stopping by this place and its free. Don't miss the murals that are painted on the north and south sides of the building. A fun time to go down memory lane.

Visited October 2013
Thank Ken L
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Clermont, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Not what I expected.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013 via mobile

I guess I should have done a little more reading or research before stopping by. The Key Word is "site". It's where the Mc Donald Brothers built their first restaurant. That building was torn down in the 70's. The current building is just that, a building. They do have a lot of smalls, but nothing much with a wow. It's free.

Visited September 2013
Thank Jeffrey S
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