After last night's very enjoyable concert, we were prepared for Day 2.
South on Hwy 45, we arrived downtown and made the turn on to Canal Street at the Museum's parking lot just a few minutes after 10.
Serial Number 1........
The Archive Rooms........
See that "1955" sign in the center of the photo?? It was a good year.
The AMF years.....
The bike that 'floated' to British Columbia from Japan after the tsunami.....
Elvis the 'cyclist.........
We spent 3 hours there and I'd easily go visit again, the 681 miles in the automobile all easy. There were many people around us but spaces are huge and it never felt crowded. Groups/clubs, Boy Scout troops, both J.P. and I noted various foreign tongues while reading through the placards. A marked out 10' x 12' space on the floor denoting the original building near the beginning, through to the robotic frame welder at the end.....motorcycle fan or with an interest in the history of manufacturing and design, a very worthwhile destination and I'd say go.
Certainly my kind of museum ;-) What a beautiful exhibition. I know a lot of German tourists who visited the museum even though they didn't ride a Harley Davidson.ReplyDelete
I heard German yesterday, that one language I was reasonably certain of. Maybe your flamed black one will get to Milwaukee one day? :)Delete
You never know...Delete
That's a wonderful museum! Thank you for the pictorial tour. One of these days...ReplyDelete
I visited the old Capitol Drive engine plant 3 times over the years, a plant no longer used by Harley Davidson. Dad was with me twice, Ben once. There was a small 'greeting' sort of museum preceding the factory tours but it was micro compared to everything displayed at the new museum downtown. Dad's 1976 Bicentennial Electra Glide was displayed among the many inclusive models shown......I know he'd have truly enjoyed being along yesterday had he been able.Delete
Doug was the tsunami survivor bike there? The one that landed on the Oregon coast?ReplyDelete
Yes, I mistakenly said hurricane. I'll fix it. A story about the shipping container, photos, etc.Delete
WOW. I knew the museum was big, but wow. So many good things contained in one spot.ReplyDelete
"The only cure for our deplorable traffic conditions." Perfect
Thanks for taking the time to take the pics and put up the post.
Brandy, you nailed it. The place is big and the items displayed as well as how they're displayed is wonderful. So much there and from what I was hearing from those around me, love of motorcycles isn't necessarily a prerequisite.Delete
What an incredible museum. Seems like Harley has been selling a lifestyle for longer than I thought. I was shocked by the revealing swim suits on the 1933 Harley Gals ;o)ReplyDelete
Both things you mention jumped out and surprised me as well. Seeing that sign in one window really hit home, seems their marketing department has been nothing if not consistent. I'd call that a very successful campaign.Delete
The beachwear seemed a bit risque for the time, not that I'm all that aware of fashion but it did seem early for that much exposure.
Wow, I think I'm going to have to add the HD museum to my list of things to do... Great photos!ReplyDelete
Thanks Lucky, a visit to the museum is one you'll really enjoy I'm sure.Delete
Do the M2M this summer and head down a day early! Friend David did this video a few years ago. Numerous guys at Diamonds do it every year.....lots of experts :)