Caterpillar Visitors Center


Caterpillar Visitors Center


History. Equipment. Simulators. 
And that's just the beginning.

Take 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 - and two families - came together to build a company 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 motor grader, track-type tractor, excavator and material handler on the product floor. 


Now through November: The "Leo" Exhibit

C.L. Best’s tractor company was on the brink. The company was struggling to make ends meet, but when things got hard C.L. never backed down. At his lowest moment, he reinvented himself and created a product that changed the world forever – and he would eventually become Caterpillar’s first and longest-running Chairman. Experience the story not many know with an in-depth look into the iron and imagination of one of the greatest innovators of our time.


CVC Grill

The CVC Grill is open Monday through Friday, 11:30am-1pm (weather permitting). The grill is located outdoors at the corner of Washington Street and Main Street. Now serving grilled chicken sandwiches, cheeseburgers, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, garden salads, hot dogs, chips and soda. Cash only, please. 


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

Closed on Sundays and holidays.



110 S.W. Washington Street
Peoria, IL 61602


Tickets are available online and at the ticket counter. Please note a $1 processing fee is added to each ticket purchased online.

  • General admission: $7
  • Seniors (55+), veterans and active military: $6
  • Veterans and active military (55+): $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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The Caterpillar Visitors Center is closed all day in observance of National Holidays:

  • January 1 (New Year's Day)
  • May 30 (Memorial Day)
  • July 4 (Independence Day)
  • September 5 (Labor Day)
  • November 24 (Thanksgiving Day)
  • December 24 (Christmas Eve Day)
  • December 25 (Christmas Day)
  • December 31 (New Year's Eve Day)

Take a Virtual Tour

Get a glimpse of meeting rooms and exhibits. (Hint: use the arrow keys to navigate the tour).

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