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Caterpillar Visitors Center

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Address: 110 SW Washington St, Peoria, IL 61602-2501
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+1 309-675-0606
10:00 - 15:30
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The Caterpillar Visitors Center is a fascinating look at the company, the...

The Caterpillar Visitors Center is a fascinating look at the company, the iron and the people making sustainable progress possible around the world. From the humble beginnings of the first tractor to the company's present-day leadership in building infrastructure and powering the planet — it's all right here on Peoria's beautiful riverfront. We invite you to experience Caterpillar like never before and plan your visit today.

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Take your children and grandchildren!

Took my daughters and grandsons last year. Seemed like it'd be boring and I must admit, we didn't sit through many of the videos or pay a whole lot of attention to the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 October 2016
Julie C
Washburn, Illinois, United States
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Washburn, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Took my daughters and grandsons last year. Seemed like it'd be boring and I must admit, we didn't sit through many of the videos or pay a whole lot of attention to the history/museum part of it, but it was a treasure trove of great activities for the grandsons! They climbed on all the machinery more than once, got to... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We spent 2 hours going through the museum. The tour guides are enthusiastic and informative. It is great to see an American company that takes care of their employees and their community. Well done, Caterpillar!

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Oak Lawn IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is a great place to check out. Since retired Cat people work there, they a so knowledgeable. Ken, Sue and Roger were on duty when we visited. They shared so much information and made the experience just so great. Ken was so nice. Thanks.

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Noblesville, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

There is a tiered entrance fee. The tour starts with a full scale replica of the biggest dump truck that caterpillar makes. You enter the bed of the truck to sit for a short movie on caterpillar. The chairs have vibrators built in to simulate riding in a truck. Several questions were answered here. You then go downstairs to go... More 

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Germantown Hills, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This has many historical pictures in a time line of innovation. The movies are well worth your time. The displays are great. Very intriguing. Operating different types of equipment via a video game like setup is a plus. Great for both young and old.

Thank Allan C
Manito, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Very well done, staff is very nice. The hands on simulators are a plus. Doesn't take long to tour. Oh...retirees and employees get in free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We stopped by on a trip around central Illinois at the suggestion of a friend who works for CAT. It was VERY well done. They also had some great retirees who worked there and told interesting stories. You could tell how proud they were to work there. Our 7 year old son loved getting to sit in the vehicles and... More 

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We visited on a hot August day. It was nice and cool inside. It's in a great location downtown on the river. Plenty of parking around. There is an excellent walk through area which brings you through the company's history and engineering accomplishments. I enjoyed the sections on how they test and bring a piece of equipment to the market.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Home town for Caterpillar. Well it was a very hot day (about 40celcius) as I walked pass the Caterpillar Visitor Center so I thought I'd pop in to get some shade and discovered they had a museum exhibiting Caterpillar Equipment for an entrance fee of $7.00 Now $7.00 is not much but does a multi billion dollar multi national corporation... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

I expected a little more history of caterpillar while I was there. Considering this is where it all started I kind of wanted to see what it was like in the beginning. There is very little of that. Instead a lot of interactive things. Kids really enjoyed the hands on.

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