Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the National Motorcycle Museum

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the 
National Motorcycle Museum! 

The National Motorcycle Museum was founded in 1989 by people who love motorcycling. The Museum thrives today, is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a result of keeping its customers and supporters interests in mind and through sound planning. Engineers, racers, bike builders, tuners and others as far back as the late 1800′s built the groundwork for what motorcycling has become. The National Motorcycle Museum’s goal is to present their work, their passion and courage, through fine interpretive exhibitions built around a large collection of machines and historical objects from all corners of the world. The Museum also succeeds due to loans of great motorcycles and memorabilia.

Though large motorcycle collections have existed in America for decades, few are open to the public daily year around. The National Motorcycle Museum was one of the first, but now we have over ten great motorcycle museums in America, 

many accessible daily. As one might expect, these museums work together, supporting each other’s needs for special projects and research, and each promotes the other museums as well.

Originally located in Sturgis, South Dakota, the National Motorcycle Museums horizons expanded when it was moved to Anamosa, Iowa. There it re-opened in a downtown location with two floors totaling about 15,000 square feet. However, the Board of Directors and staff understood there were many great motorcycles in private collections that could be loaned for exhibitions, so set their sites on an even larger facility. In 2010 the National Motorcycle Museum opened in a repurposed building of around 35,000 square feet. With an interior essentially designed from scratch with all new interior partitions, cutting edge HVAC, lighting and visitor amenities, not only was there now space for over 400 motorcycles, but facilities for events indoors were created. Today bookings are frequent for three banquets halls with 200 person total capacity. This and a well designed Museum Store help to bring precious funds for operation, adding to the support from individual enthusiasts and the motorcycle industry. And though the topic is American motorcycle history, the Museum’s website and social media work to create awareness and tell the world “what’s new at the Museum” almost daily.

Today: The beauty of all of this is seeing the motorcycles, cars and trucks pull up and park out front bringing visitors to the Museum. All of the planning and hard work has brought great improvement over 25 years. Most important is that what’s here brings so much pleasure to our visitors. The photos, apparel, motorcycles, even motorcycle toys are part of every motorcyclist’s past, and this museum is a place where memories are rekindled through interpreted objects. The presentation of motorcycles and memorabilia help the history of motorcycling in America live on.

If you have a motorcycle or piece of motorcycling history such as a photograph or historic riding gear and would consider loaning it to the Museum so it can be shared with over 20,000 visitors each year, please contact  the National Motorcycle Museum. The email address is museum@nationalmcmuesum.org and the phone number is 319-462-3925. Check out the Museum exhibits, Museum Store and learn how you can become more involved at  www.nationalmcmuseum.org

National Motorcycle Museum Founded in 1989
 National Motorcycle Museum Information:
The National Motorcycle Museum is open seven days a week, year around. Museum members are admitted free. Becoming a member is quick and easy. Admission is only $8.00 except during special events. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.  

The National Motorcycle Museum is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation. 
For more information, email the Museum at museum@nationalmcmuseum.org or 
call 319 462 3925. 

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