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Harley-Davidson Museum [edit]
400 W. Canal St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(877) 436-8738
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The Harley-Davidson Museum opened in July 2008. It is a contemporary building just off the river in downtown Milwaukee that covers 20 acres of land. The outdoor area is free to the public and open 24 hours a day. The indoor Museum has bikes dating back to the early 1900s and other pop culture favorites, such as the motorcycle Elvis Presley purchased days before he became famous with the hit single, Heartbreak Hotel.

Families with children can tailor their visit with the Road Pack program. The Road Pack is available for families to "check out" at the start of the tour and includes tips to help families make the most of their visit. This backpack includes four activities for parents and kids to complete while exploring the Museum exhibits including a motorcycle scavenger hunt.

Along with the Museum exhibits and archives visitors can visit the gift shop, caf, Cafe Racer, and bar/restaurant. Motor, the Museum restaurant, features the best of Wisconsin on its menu including local cheeses, sausages and beers.

Rates: Adults $16, Children (5-17 years) $10 and Children (under 5) are free. Additional discounts are available for military, students and seniors.
Hours: May-October, Monday & Wednesday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; weekends 9 a.m.-6 p.m. November-April, weekdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; weekends 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Located off I-94 in the Menonomee Valley, you'll find the Museum at the crossroads of 6th and Canal Streets.
 
Upcoming events

June 13, 2015 - Sept. 7, 2015
Willie G. Davidson: Artist, Designer, Leader, Legend

A celebration of the artistry, influence, and impact of Willie G. Davidson, Harley-Davidson’s Chief Styling Officer Emeritus, whose designs defined American motorcycles for generations. This exhibit uses previously unseen historical artifacts, one-of-a-kind vehicles, original designs, and art from Willie’s personal collection to provide insight into his unique perspective and creative process.

July 11, 2015
Wild Ones Weekend

Come enjoy a Wild Ones Weekend at the H-D Museum® starting with Bike Night and ending with a real 1940’s Motorcycle Rally. The 13th Annual Knucklehead Company Reunion hosts an Antique Motorcycle Ride In Show, the AMCA Badger Heritage Chapter hosts authentic Motorcycle Field Games (slow race, plank ride, etc.) and other entertainment is featured throughout the day. All this and more celebrating our motorcycle heritage with vintage style. Antique Motorcycle Ride In Show Classes: • Stock Knucklehead • Custom Knucklehead • Sidevalve • Panhead • Shovelhead • Other Pre 1970 American Made $20 entry per bike with proceeds going toward Make-A-Wish Foundation. Call 877-436-8738 for Antique Bike Show Entry Information Knucklehead Company Bio: Knucklehead Company Ltd. – Founded in 1977 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin by a group of enthusiastic fans of the Harley-Davidson overhead valve motorcycles (Knucklehead) produced between 1936 and 1947. Membership in the club required the ownership of a running bike of the genre. The group was formed on the premise of perpetuation of the spirit of motorcycle camaraderie of the 1940’s. The club has grown in membership over the past decades and 12 years ago an annual “reunion” was created to gather members past and present to celebrate the clubs long history. The club follows the belief of “Ride ‘em! Don’t hide ‘em!” Badger Heritage Bio: The Antique Motorcycle Club of America – Founded in 1954 by a group of antique-bike fans in the New England area. In the decades since, the AMCA has grown to become one of the largest organizations of antique-motorcycle enthusiasts in the world, with 11,000 members in the United States and more than a dozen other countries. From the beginning, the purpose of the club has been the “preservation, restoration and operation of old-time motorcycles.” Members of the AMCA own, restore, preserve, study or just admire motorcycles that fall into the antique category, meaning they are at least 35 years old. The Badger Heritage Chapter is one of the 58 chapters worldwide. www.badgerheritage.com.

Oct. 23, 2015 - Oct. 24, 2015
Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival

Enthusiasts of craft beer and brewing will convene in the heartland of American beer Oct. 23 and 24, 2015, for the first Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival at the nationally renowned Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. The festival will feature 50 craft breweries, both national and Wisconsin-based, offering tastings of more than 150 craft beers and ciders (including rare and limited-distribution options), as well as educational classes and events for those who love brewing or want to learn more about it. Beer tasting will be featured in three sessions, first on the evening of Friday, Oct. 23rd, and again on Saturday, Oct. 24th, in the afternoon and evening. Brewing classes will be offered all day Friday, led by some of the top names in the world of brewing.

Nov. 7, 2015 - Nov. 11, 2015
Veterans Day Appreciation

November 7, 8 and 11, 10am-6pm We salute you! On November 7-8, & 11 Harley-Davidson Museum® will offer free Museum entry for all active Military, Veterans and their families*. Harley-Davidson has always been on the front line – right next to the troops. The first American to enter Germany after World War I did so on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. Learn more about H-D’s military involvement during the Military Gallery Talks at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant offers a 10% discount for service members every day. *Free entry with valid Military or Veterans ID for 1 additional adult and up to 4 children 18 years old or younger.

 
 


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