THE DOUG OBERHELMAN CATERPILLAR VISITORS CENTER


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                        Visit Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois!

                        This isn't your average museum! Your visit begins with a virtual ride in the bed of a massive two-and-a-half story Cat 797F Mining Truck. Learn how Caterpillar's story began as two companies came together to build Caterpillar on the foundation of innovation and customer focus. Unleash your inner engineer as you design your very own Cat machine. Test your skills on a simulator to see first-hand what it's like to operate equipment the way our operators do, and no visit is complete without climbing in a track-type tractor.

                        Annual Passes

                        Do you visit us more than a couple times per year? If so, you may want to consider an Annual Pass to the Caterpillar Visitors Center! Annual Pass holders receive unlimited visits for one year from the date of purchase, $1 off admission tickets for family and friends and a 15% discount at the Cat Merchandise Center. Passes are $25 and are available at the ticket counter or by calling (309) 675-0606. 

                        HOURS OF OPERATION

                        Monday - Saturday
                        10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
                        (last ticket / entry at 3:30 p.m.)

                        Closed on Sundays and holidays.

                         

                        LOCATION

                        110 S.W. Washington Street
                        Peoria, IL 61602

                         

                         

                        ADMISSION

                        Tickets are available online and at the ticket counter. 

                        • General admission: $7
                        • Seniors (55+): $6
                        • Veterans and active military: $5
                        • Children (12 and under): Free
                          (limit of 4 children per 1 adult ticket. Must be accompanied by an adult.)
                        • Group rate (25 or more): $6

                        For Caterpillar employee and retiree tickets, please present your ID at the ticket counter.

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                        BUILDING CLOSURES

                        The Caterpillar Visitors Center is closed all day in observance of National Holidays:

                        • January 1 (New Year's Day)
                        • May 27 (Memorial Day)
                        • July 4 (Independence Day)
                        • September 2 (Labor Day)
                        • November 28 (Thanksgiving Day)
                        • December 24 (Christmas Eve Day)
                        • December 25 (Christmas Day)
                        • December 31 (New Year's Eve Day)
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                        Parking

                        Complimentary parking is available in the Water Street parking garage adjacent to the Caterpillar Visitors Center.? City fees are charged for parking along Main Street and Water Street.

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                        105th Anniversary of the Panama Canal

                        This year marks the 105-year anniversary of the completion of the Panama Canal. To commemorate this historical engineering accomplishment, the Caterpillar Visitors Center is launching a new display celebrating the event.

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                        “What a journey it has been getting her restored back to the life she deserves,” Matt Veerkamp says proudly of the jewel in his antique machine collection.

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