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Caterpillar Visitors Center

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Address: 110 SW Washington St, Peoria, IL 61602-2501
Phone Number: +1 309-675-0606
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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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It gives a nice history of the company.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 September 2016
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
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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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Chicago IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I took a good friend here for his birthday on a Monday. He uses some of this equipment doing one of his side jobs. I knew he would love it but I was surprised I enjoyed it too. I think most of it was because there were very few people around and I was able to hear all of the... More 

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

If you're a Caterpillar fan or a 5 year old you'd probably have a great time. Not much there. Simulators look neat but are usually very busy.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We spent about 2 hours looking and trying out all of the exhibits. My son loves all things CAT, so he was really into it. My husband and I, although not into it as much as our son, really enjoyed it too. Nice people, great exhibits and easy to get to. If you are ever near Peoria, IL, check it... More 

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

We visit a lot of museums as we travel across the country. This museum will take no more than two hours to review. I believe that if you worked for the company or were in the construction business you would find it much more interesting. There are several simulators that allow you to use to see how to operate various... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Loved the film which is shown in bed of a really large truck. Several pieces of large equipment on display and docents were very informative and answered all questions with obvious knowledge of the Caterpillar industry and history. Parking was confusing however- many vacant parking spots but no parking signs. finally found we could park behind the museum in underground... More 

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Uniontown
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

If you like (or love) HUGE equipment, go here. OMG, standing under the 797 dump truck is amazing. Not a big place but BIG equipment. Well worth the visit. Don;t skip the opening movie in the 797 truck bed, it's very well done.

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Byron Center, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

If you meet Ken you will have an experience you will not forget. He should write a book with all the stories he has about the Caterpillar company.

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