The Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum is now a famous roadside attraction that dwells in the historic Casa del Desierto, Harvey House, in Barstow, California. The museum features a collection of historic photographs and artifacts related to Route 66 and the Mojave Desert communities. Displays show the development of the United States Route 66 through evidence of early pioneer trails, railroads, automotive history, businesses, and sites.
· Postmark art of Ken Turmel: Postmark Artist and Two Lane Highway Historian of Oklahoma is on exhibit. Museum archival quality prints of his pictorial postmarks are available for sale. The limited edition prints are signed, numbered, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity and an 18 page booklet. The process in making his historic piece of work and biography are found on his web site. http://www.postmarkart.com/
· “Along for the Ride: Remembering Route 66: Los Angeles Photographer Russell Olsen's Exhibit is displayed in black and white and showcases many of the great icons along Route 66. Olsen’s prints are available for sale, framed and unframed.
· New York-based Patrick Walsh Photomosaics represents fine art photography. This particular artistic style can best be described as “painting with the camera” and has influences dating back to 4th century BC mosaic tile art. However, Walsh uses today's modern camera and film technology to produce this classic style.
· John Nakata of the San Francisco Bay area has many samplings of photographs available for sale in archival prints and greeting cards at the Route 66 Museum. He and his wife Charlene Fischer traveled Route 66 and then collaborated to create a Route 66 web site filled with shared images and tips for other "Mother Road" travelers.
· Blake Shaw’s preview of his book on Route 66: The museum exhibit features 21 of his photographs. Shaw is a San Diego-based travel and sports photographer whose bold, colorful work has won numerous local and national awards. His signed prints, as well as greeting cards, are for sale.
The museum grants visitors free admission and is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other opening hours may be arranged in advance.
Ayres Hotel Barstow is about an eleven-minute drive to the Route 66 “Mother Road” Museum.