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Harley-Davidson Museum

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Address: 400 W. Canal St., At the corner of 6th and Canal, Milwaukee, WI
Phone Number: +1 877-436-8738
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Description: Harley-Davidson motorcycles bring heart-thumping adventure, life-changing...
Harley-Davidson motorcycles bring heart-thumping adventure, life-changing freedom and a bit of rebellion into the lives of people around the world. But whether you were born to be wild - or mild - makes no difference at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Much more than a nostalgia trip for motorcycle enthusiasts, the Museum offers a glimpse of American history and culture like you've never seen before - through the successes and trials of an iconic American company. Interactive, eye-catching exhibits present an unparalleled collection of legendary stories of our nation's last century. Located on 20 acres in downtown Milwaukee, the Museum offers free parking, Motor Bary & Restaurant, Cafe Racer, The Shop, park-like outdoor spaces, special event rentals, guided tours for group of 15 or more, and Steel Toe Tours of the Powertrain Operations, home of the big-twin engine.
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A really pleasant surprise

I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about this museum prior to visiting it. After all, paying to visit a museum owned by a company, about a company, and showcasing all of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about this museum prior to visiting it. After all, paying to visit a museum owned by a company, about a company, and showcasing all of the company's products seemed a bit like, well, paying for the "privilege" of viewing advertising. But the Harley museum blew past my expectations in no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Biker or not, this is an outstanding tribute and illustration of a quintessential and truly American brand. From HD's founding in 1903, through wars, leisure times, growth of a new youth culture and financial troubles, HD survives as an iconic institution. I know that might be a little overkill but we were so thrilled with the physical space as well... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed seeing bikes from 1903 to the present and how they developed but not somewhere I'd need to go back to.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This museum is well-executed, and will inspire anyone regardless of motorcycle knowledge/interest. The displays are well-designed and the historical background at each one helps illustrate the innovation and importance of each piece. Don't forget to hop on the display models and snap a few pictures!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Do NOT miss the Harley Davidson museum. It captures a piece of history and culture in a fabulous environment. It has a very creative environment and pays attention to every detail! It is worth your time!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Even my dear wife enjoyed the museum and the interactive exhibits! You can easily spend the day. We spent 4 hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

As many reviewers have noted, this is not just a biker's dream, but a well curated story of how a 100+ year old American company grew to be a global icon and how the forces of history helped shape it. Seeing the amazing selection of bikes and the ingenuity behind every model is also engaging even if you're not into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Everything about Harley-Davidson is here - all about their famous craftsmanship and the up and down of their history. Owning a Harley-Davidson or not, if you are a biker, simply couldn't miss it or you'll regret it!

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Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

It's kind of expensive to get in but if you are a bike lover it's worth it. I have to say the thing that I liked the most was realizing how small the shed was that the first Harley Davidson was built in. It's very educational. I brought my 2 year old who is obsessed with motorcycles and he loved... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I am not a Harley person or for that matter a motocycle rider, but a tour of this museum was an unexpected joy. to see the history of this company and a look back at the twists and turns as this company built itself is impactful and just a whole lot of fun and interesting all in one tour.

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