Harley Davidson Museum – Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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With 105 years of history under its belt the Harley-Davidson motorcycle will be honored with this new museum located in Milwaukee!  The museum opened its doors in July of 2008 to showcase the legendary Harleys by showing over 150 motorcycles, historical photos and biking apparel.

Are you an Elvis Presley fan?  Did you always want to see the Harley 1956 KH model purchased the year he had a #1 hit with Heartbreak Hotel?  You can see it at the museum!  Remember the movie Easy Rider?  There is a replica of the “Captain America” chopper from this 1969 movie just waiting for you to see.  There were two originals but they were destroyed during the filming of the movie so the replica is all that is left.

You can join the museum as a member and receive the benefits that are member directed only, or you can go to visit the museum without becoming a member, either are welcome.

When the museum construction began the organizers decided that the appropriate manner to “break ground” was to have a Harley do the work.  With this in mind they had “Legendary Harley-Davidson dirt track racer Scott Parker performed a burnout on a XL 883R Sportster motorcycle sending dirt flying off the spinning rear tire.”  What a statement that makes to the dedication of having Harley-Davidson motorcycles the total focus of the museum.

Situated in downtown Milwaukee this 80 ft tall structure lets everyone know that Milwaukee, where the motorcycles are built, is proud to have such an outstanding museum to offer the public.

The museum offers a 20-acre Menomonee Valley oasis; the grounds feature green open spaces, more than 700 trees and native plants, and park benches providing a relaxing setting and beautiful views of the riverfront – all free of charge and accessible to the public 24 hours a day.  The H-D Museum wants this to be a family environment honoring the history and remembrances of the Harley-Davidson impact on the culture of a series of generations.

The first floor of the museum is dedicated to the latter half of the 20th century with its stories of designs, corporate changes, motorcycle displays and a feeling of euphoric joy at being among the world’s number one motorcycle history!

The second floor begins your tour by riding "The Road," a chronological gallery of one-of-a-kind motorcycles that bring to life the primary exhibit timeline.

Location & Hours of the Museum:

Harley-Davidson Museum is located at 400 Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Summer Hours: May – October are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9-6 and on Wednesday from 9 – 8.  Weekends are from 9-6

Winter Hours: November – April are weekdays from 10 – 5 and weekends from 9 – 6.

Admission: Adults 18 – 64 are $16; Children 5 – 17 are $10; Children under 5 are FREE.  Students (with ID) and Seniors over 64 are $12.

Come to the museum to meet others that are Harley lovers or to get the Harley bug yourself.  It’s not just a motorcycle, it’s a Harley-Davidson!

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