New Mexico Route 66 Museum
We currently operate without charging the public, have limited funding and are staffed solely by volunteers. So stop on by and spread the word - New Mexico's 1st Route 66 Museum is NOW OPEN!
If you'd like, we accept donations at our address listed below or in person at the museum, including tax deductible contributions and gifts. If you're interested in annual sponsorship or other giving opportunities, please contact us.
The New Mexico Route 66 Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.
The New Mexico Route 66 Museum offers a unique look into New Mexico's Route 66 heritage, as well as a wide range of representation, from Glenrio to Gallup and everywhere in between. From Route 66's beginnings in New Mexico with the Ozark Trails system to today's Historic Route 66, we offer a unique perspective of the Mother Road's history in our great state "The Land of Enchantment".
Our current exhibits include: Michael Campanelli's Route 66 Photo Exhibit with over 166 photos of Route 66 from Chicago to L.A. all on one wall, vintage diner display with Rock-Ola juke box, gas pumps, porcelain signs, memorabilia, Loretta Lynn signed Route 66 guitar, New Mexico Route 66 history displays, an audio/visual presentation, classic automobiles including a 1929 Ford Model A Sedan, 1931 Ford Model A Coupe, 1937 Studebaker President, 1956 Mercury Montclair, 1963 Studebaker GT, 1975 Plymouth Fury and much more...
The New Mexico Route 66 Museum is in Tucumcari, New Mexico on the south side of the Convention Center at 1500 West Route 66 Blvd. Drive around towards the back of the parking lot and look for our building.
The convention center is also home to the famous Route 66 Monument commissioned by artist Tom Coffin for the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department’s Cultural Corridors: Public Art on Scenic Byways Program, and the Quay Council for Arts & Humanities. The base of the sculpture is a tire, road and tread designed motif on a pyramid, topped off by a larger than life chrome tailfin, complete with tail lights lit at night. It’s design is meant to evoke the 50′s & 60′s, the golden age of American automobiles, cross all cultural boundaries and capture the spirit of the automobile.
Inside the convention center lobby there is a Route 66 Kiosk available for viewing by the public, with many black and white photos from Tucumcari's Route 66 heyday.