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Original McDonald's Site & Museum

This true piece of American corporate business history is memorialized at the site of the original McDonald's.
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Original McDonalds Sign: 15 Cents Self Service System Hamburgers. We have sold over 1 Million. San Bernardino California
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Original McDonalds Sign: 15 Cents Self Service System Hamburgers. We have sold over 1 Million. San Bernardino California
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Photo Credit: californiathroughmylens.com

The site of the original McDonald's restaurant in San Bernardino is a true piece of American corporate business history. The site has since been turned into a museum (even though the museum itself is not technically affiliated with McDonald’s -- it’s owned and operated by Albert Okura, the founder and CEO of restaurant chain, Juan Pollo).

This destination details the history of this iconic restaurant’s first location and its lasting legacy, which first began in 1948 when brothers Dick and Mac McDonald changed the course of fast-food history by franchising their beloved burger chain.

McDonald’s is a universally recognized establishment, and its “golden arches” have since conquered cities across the globe, but this original location’s museum is filled with memorabilia and hosts an extensive collection of McDonald’s historical artifacts for visitors to learn from.

Mementos such as news clippings, menus, straws, and even a prototype of ketchup dispensing gun can be found here, which give a deeper insight into the story of how this fast-food empire has quickly grown and expanded in the past half-century.

Nearest Station
San Bernardino - Downtown
Address
1398 N E St.
San Bernardino, CA 92405
Phone
(909) 515-0044
Website
https://www.route66ca.org/original-mcdonalds-site-museum/
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Walk through the Transit Center to West Rialto Ave.

Turn right and walk to E St.

Catch sbX bus (Green Line) north and exit at Baseline St.

Walk 0.3 miles north on E St. to the museum

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