Marin Museum of Bicycling and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

Marin Museum of Bicycling and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

Marin Museum of Bicycling and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Marin Museum of Bicycling is a bicycle history museum and cultural center in Fairfax, California. We are a local nonprofit organization, entirely volunteer-run and volunteer-created. The museum is the home of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, founded in Crested Butte, Colorado in 1988. We have greatly expanded the Hall of Fame displays from the sport's very first bikes to today's latest. We also show the 19th century evolution of the bicycle itself, with the Igler and Kaminski Collections of "Golden Age" bicycles. These key examples take visitors through the fascinating development and evolution of this extraordinary vehicle from the 1860s to the mid 20th century. Come see world championship bicycles from virtually every category of the sport. We create special, themed exhibits that rotate throughout the year, keeping each visit fresh, interesting and fun. Experienced docents are on hand to guide visitors through the exhibits and answer any questions they may have.
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dreines
Portland, OR10 contributions
Amazing experience in a perfect location. I came down from Oregon to try some of the local trails (Tamarancho was fantastic). I figured a quick stop in the Museum/Hall of Fame would be a great side trip. Nope. The museum is not some road side attraction. It is a very well displayed and informative attraction, worth a trip in it's own right. Filled with amazing bikes throughout the history of the sport, from the very beginning of cycling in general and mountain biking specifically, you could get lost wandering through on your own.

The thing that made my visit spectacular is that Joe Breeze happened to be there when I visited. Joe is the curator (I think that's the correct title) and also one of the fathers of mountain biking. Heck, many of the exhibits feature him! (he was humble about this and did not tell me, I sort of deduced it on my own). Seriously, if you know you are going to go, call ahead and see when Joe will be there. He's delightful and a living legend!

I'll definitely be back to ride the trails and to spend some more time in this museum.
Written June 18, 2020
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Patian2014
Barton-upon-Humber, UK273 contributions
Family
Our Son is a fanatical Mountain Biker now living in Marin County who implored us to pay a visit to this recently opened cult museum.
Don't be put off by it all being in one large room and give yourself 2 to 3 hours to take it all in. Take time to watch the large number of video collection and marvel at all the amazing cycling exploits.
Great$10 per person I have spent in a long time. Don't miss it.
We met the Curator Jo Breeze who built the first all new mountain bike. Lovely fellow full of many stories lased with humour.
With an 8 week old baby with us it was noted with disappointment that no changing table had been provided in the restrooms. I mentioned this to Jo and firmly believe he will take it on board and provide one shortly.
We all so enjoyed our visit here!
Written September 2, 2015
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Thank you Patian2014 for your nice review! We are in the process of installing a changing table and appreciate your suggestion. Hope to see you again on your next visit to Marin County.
Written December 5, 2015
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ericsc461
San Francisco, CA1 contribution
Solo
I had a great time here! For anyone interested in bikes, mechanical things, or mountain biking specifically, this is a great stop. I spent three hours going through the exhibits, reading, looking at the changes in technology, and seeing many things I recognized from my history mountain biking in the nineties.
This is a neat place, worth a visit.
Written June 26, 2016
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mtbrider01
england8 contributions
Couples
A must for any cyclist. We had the great pleasure of being there when mtb pioneer and director of the museum joe breeze was there. His encyclopedic knowledge was a joy to listen to I could have stayed all day. The $10 fee would be good value anytime but add in the tour with joe if your lucky enough and it's is worth ten times that. Has a great feel to the place, well thought out and concise. Fantastic examples of bikes from the start in Europe to the pioneers of the mountain bike revolution and on to very modern tour de France winning machines. Plan your visit now!
Written June 18, 2015
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Thank you mtbrider01 for the great 5-star review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope you will return again in the future. We are indeed blessed to have Joe as our museum curator and lead docent, he is a wealth of knowledge and he loves to share it with museum visitors.
Written July 11, 2015
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Tony C
Mount Tremper, NY121 contributions
Couples
My wife and I were visiting friends in San Anselmo who knew of our interest in bicycling and recommended a visit to this place. What a find! The exhibit is small but packed with great displays of unique and important bicycles, videos of races and events, the listing of inductees into the mountain biking hall of fame, and, best of all, the opportunity to meet and talk with Joe Breeze, one of the early pioneers of mountain biking (originally called “clunking” in the 70s, after the beat-up bicycles they fixed up and road down the dirt trails in the hills), and maker of the very first purpose-built mountain bike. Joe has great stories to tell, knew everyone in the mountain biking world (names like Ritchey and Fisher), and is extremely personable and knowledgeable. What a blast - fun for anyone, but especially powerful for those of us who have been enjoying bicycling for decades and enjoy learning more about its history!
Written May 7, 2018
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Wonderful review and we're so glad you enjoyed your visit. Also, we are expanding into the adjacent space for more exhibit and library room. Thank you Tony C!
Written September 17, 2019
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Kate D
138 contributions
Friends
Its a sweet little place. The staff are all volunteers. They were very welcoming and nice!
There is a tiny gift store.
A cute stop.
Written April 8, 2018
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Thanks for your visit and nice review Kate, we're so glad you enjoyed it! It's a labor of love for sure.
Written April 9, 2018
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Mitchell M
San Francisco, CA71 contributions
Family
Don't be fooled by the size of the museum. The first nine bikes representing 200 years of cycling evolution was fascinating. I had the pleasure of being toured through the museum by Cecile. She was the "Wealth of Knowledge." I would recommend that if you are able to plan a guided tour that would be better. I was fortunate that she was available but maybe there is someone always available - I didn't ask about that. It you like history of a two wheel vehicle being propelled by a human engineering... gosh, you will love it. The size is perfect for most attention spans - in my opinion. They also have events on cycling heroes and legends.
Written July 25, 2017
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Thank you for your nice review, Mitchell! We usually do have a docent available for giving tours and answering questions.
Written July 28, 2017
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Ange M
Fairfax, CA19 contributions
Friends
A fun Museum that outlines the history and where the Mountain Bike craze started!
Fun even if you don't ride bikes! Cute town too with local shops and restaurants to
explore.
Written May 22, 2017
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Thank you for your nice review, Ange! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum and Fairfax!
Written May 24, 2017
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abundantlee
55 contributions
Couples
We went along with two mountain bikers and I found myself really getting into the history. Joe Breeze, an important early participant in the sport of mountain biking and curator of the museum, gave us a personal and detailed tour of the museum. We were there on a quiet day so he spent a lot of time with us.
Written March 5, 2017
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Chris S
San Rafael, CA38 contributions
Friends
We had 2 couples visiting from out of town and were looking for something to do. What a pleasant surprise! Expecting a 15 minute visit we were delighted to spend over two hours touring with the owner and an original mountain bike pioneer. Don't miss the amazing biking videos at the end of the tour. Very cool and well worth the price of admission. And none of the 6 of us ride anymore!
Written May 17, 2016
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