Get ready for a unique experience in Illinois, because this isn't your average museum!
At the Caterpillar Visitors Center, the whole family can explore the history of the Caterpillar brand, from it's humble beginnings to present global glory, with interactive displays and exhibits.
Your self-guided experience begins with a virtual ride in the bed of a massive two-and-a-half story Cat 797F Mining Truck - how cool is that?
Kids can learn how the brand's story began as two companies came together to build a global company based on innovation. They might even be inspired to build their own company!
Those creative kids can unleash their inner engineer and design their very own Cat machine, or they can test their skills on a simulator to see first-hand what it's like to operate the equipment.
The exhibits within the visitor center also showcase the history of Caterpillar, as you can see over 100 years of history all under the one roof. Did you know that Caterpillar helped build the San Francisco Cable Car system? Did you know that Caterpillar helped widen the Panama canal?
A fun history lesson for kids!
A visit to the Caterpillar Visitors Center wouldn't be complete without climbing in a track-type tractor!
Best suited for educational value to over 5s but younger kids will enjoy looking at the impressive displays and pressing buttons.
The Caterpillar Visitors Center is ready and waiting for those curious kids to enjoy a hands-on experience in Illinois!
$7 (over 12s)
Veterans & active military $5
12 years (limit of 4 children per 1 adult ticket, and must be accompanied by an adult)
Allow a couple of hours to see and try everything!
Grab something in the area before or after your visit, they will be happy to help!
The Caterpillar Visitors Center is pleased to offer curriculum aligned with the Illinois Common Core State Standards for grade levels Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade in Mathematics, English/Language Arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. These fun and educational materials are designed to engage and educate students before, during and after their field trip.
The on-site Cat Merchandise Center offers a wide selection of collector die-cast scale models and the latest in Cat and Caterpillar branded footwear and designer apparel.
Just give them a call to ask about accessibility, they will be happy to help!
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10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday (last entry 3:30pm)
Closed Sundays, plus Jan 1, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve/Day & Dec 31
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