If you have any interest in history and/or motorcycles, the National Motorcycle Museum is a great place to visit. Located a mere mile from our headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa, this summer will be an especially exciting time for a visit (this June the Museum will unveil its new facilities, a move that will expand floor space from 16,000 square feet to an amazing 36,000 square feet).
Founded in 1989 by people who love motorcycling, including J&P Cycles Co-founder, John Parham, the National Motorcycle Museum features more than 225 bikes, some dating as far back as 1903. These pieces of motorcycle history range from Ariel to Zundapp and come from around the globe, including Germany, England, Russia, Japan, Sweden, and Australia. The selection is truly one-of-a-kind and over 85 percent of the motorcycles actually run! From Harley-Davidson® to a great display of Brough-Superiors and Vincent motorcycles, plus everything in between, it can all be found at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa.
In addition to motorcycles, the museum also houses a rare collection of vintage motorcycle posters, motors, clothing, artwork, photographs and memorabilia. One of these pieces is the Schaber Harley-Davidson billboard and Harley-Davidson display. Found in the basement of Schaber’s dealership, the original billboard is one of five made back in 1928.
2010 marks the opening of the AwesomeNess exhibit, which is all about the famed king of motorcycling, Arlen Ness. Curated by renowned motorcycle photographer and author Michael Lichter, AwesomeNess debuted at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in the summer of 2008. The exhibit is made up of 11 of Ness’ “awesomest” creations. The AwesomeNess exhibit will be available for a two-day only preview during our Annual Open House, June 26-27, 2010.
The National Motorcycle Museum, which is a not-for-profit entity, wouldn’t be the success it is today without the generous support of individuals, clubs and corporations. In addition to monetary gifts, the museum seeks motorcycles and motorcycle memorabilia donations and loans for its vast collections, as well as donations of time. For more information, visit the museum website at www.nationalmcmuseum.org.