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Walldogs Museum Route 66 mural.
Mural work of the Walldogs.

Walldog Museum (Closed)

Field review by the editors.

Pontiac, Illinois

This might be the only museum in the world dedicated to the art of mural painting, particularly the history of the Walldogs, a group of traveling artists, as well as to the pioneers of the craft who created large outdoor advertising signs and billboards. On display are projectors from the 1940a that enlarged small artworks to wall-size for reproduction; visitors are surprised that the artists didn't just paint their big signs freehand. Also in the museum -- which is surprisingly small for such a big subject -- there are original sketches, and photographs of the many murals along Route 66. A video documentary recounts the time the Walldogs came to the city and painted over two dozen murals in downtown Pontiac -- including a lengthy map of all of the attractions along Route 66 in Illinois.

Walldogs Museum.

Walldog Museum

Downtown. On the west side of Mill St., midway between W. Madison and W. Washington Sts, across from the old courthouse.
Closed in 2018.

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