The Wright Cycle Company Complex

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The Wright Cycle Company Complex

The Wright Cycle Company Complex
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,425 contributions
Bravo to the NPS
Aug 2021 • Family
The drive up to the complex was on a cobbled street so it made for a noisy ride.

We parked in the designated lot and there was ample open spaces. It was right across from the entrance to the museum.

The entire complex was operated by the National Park Service. Building and grounds were nicely maintained. The exhibits were very good and contained lots of good information about the Wright Brothers but also Paul Dunbar, a poet and friend. Well done by the NPS and free for everyone.

The museum was two stories and was a wealth of information about the Wright Brother’s family and also their entrepreneurial undertakings. It started with the creation of their printing press and publishing a daily newspaper, then on to the manufacturing of their higher end bicycles and finally to the key experiments that resulted in a successful airplane design.

I was impressed with the information they received from the Smithsonian the Wright Brothers were able to refine the designs, create a way to control a plane in flight and make the first wind tunnel to test their theories. Hands on exhibits also helped you see things in action. A replica of the Wright Flyer was in the lobby area. One of the first original planes built (#5?) was located inside the Wright Brothers National Museum.

On the second floor there was the actual location of the printing press (original lost in time), more details about the family, a room about John Dunbar, the poet, and finally the parachute museum.

In the future the actual Wright Brothers factory building will be renovated and opened. That was a short drive away.
Written September 3, 2021
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LiketoeatCincinnati
Cincinnati, OH2,340 contributions
Learned a Lot About Bicycles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Ranger did great job explaining the history of bicycles and specifically about safety bicycles that the Wright brothers made. The bicycle shop is small but a must see.
Written July 5, 2021
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Brad
Winchester, KY331 contributions
The Birthplace of Aviation
Jun 2021
If you're near the Dayton area, this is a must-see. Tour the former bike shop of the Wright brothers and see where they designed and built the first aircraft. Bonus points, you can walk only a few hundred yards away and see the site of their former house (the actual building was bought by Henry Ford and hauled off to Michigan). The original floorplan is still laid out though, so you can stand in the place of their living room, where the brothers set around a table and dreamed up mankind's first steps off of the Earth.
Written June 23, 2021
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243DLP
Midland, MI876 contributions
Tried to see but closed
May 2021
We were able to look into the windows at the bicycle shop, but the complex was closed the day we tried to visit. Make sure to check to see their hours since they vary due to Covid.
Written May 28, 2021
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Charles P
Waddell74 contributions
Great Stop In Dayton
May 2021 • Couples
Great museum, very helpful staff. Covers life of Wright brothers and their endeavors from printing presses to bicycles to development of the first powered air plane.
Written May 26, 2021
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axm
Lynnwood, WA104 contributions
Fun visit, learned alot about the Wright Brothers
Feb 2020
I enjoyed the visit and the movie in the museum. The tour of the bike shop was fun too, but didnt have very many actual Wright brothers artifacts, but it was good to see.
Written March 5, 2020
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Thelovells1
Saint Peters, MO23 contributions
Unexpected treat
Feb 2020 • Family
This place and town is a must for all aviation lovers. The staff was incredible nice. We had our young kids and they enjoyed it also
Written February 24, 2020
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lisa m
Dayton, OH9 contributions
The Wright Bros.
Dec 2019
If you are interested in the history and origins of aviation the your journey should begin here! This is the starting point on the Aviation Trail chronicling the early work of the Wright Bros.
Written February 11, 2020
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urbanguy
Richmond, VA3,913 contributions
First It Was Bicycles, THEN It Was The Aeroplane
Nov 2019
The Wright Brothers Cycle Company shop is just a few steps away from the Aviation Trail Visitor Center and Museum. You can only access this shop with a NPS Ranger, at set times (find times in the Visitor Center).

Our Ranger, whose name I neglected to write down, was terrific. She was informative, knowledgeable, and patient with the questions that were asked. She had the answer for every question.

It was very interesting to learn about this part of the lives of the Wright Brothers. The displays were clear and very informative. This was a great stop!
Written December 9, 2019
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taxmanken
Lebanon, PA192 contributions
Extremely informative
Oct 2019
The old bicycle shop gives a glimpse into the exacting and organized thinking of Orville & Wilbur. The museum is very interesting with many displays. It is a rather unique museum - small in size but large in information.
Written November 2, 2019
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  • Sun - Sat 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM