The Wright Cycle Company Complex

The Wright Cycle Company Complex

The Wright Cycle Company Complex
4.5
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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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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  • jeff77664
    Downingtown, Pennsylvania570 contributions
    Unique Place to See History Stuff
    Worth a visit if in area. The main museum has 2 floors. There is a 30 minute movie to see around the Wright brothers. 2nd floor has parachute museum. You can go into a first floor bicycle shop next door if a ranger is in the building. Spent about 50 minutes here including watching the movie.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Michael A
    Incline Village, Nevada387 contributions
    A well preserved historical site
    This is not the place where the brothers built their airplanes,but it is the site of their commercial bicycle shop which gave them the springboard to build the airplanes. The rangers were nice and the tour of the shop held hourly in the middle of the day was quite good. The exhibits inside the adjacent building were well done and very informative.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 1, 2023
  • ms julie
    Dobson, North Carolina87 contributions
    Tinkering
    Knew the half story of the beach first in flight but this park explains the brothers growing up and how they got to the beach. The day to day tinkering and testing for years. The print shop and the bicycle shop and the family. Bonus parachute Museum.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 19, 2023
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,983 contributions
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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jeff77664
Downingtown, PA570 contributions
May 2023
Worth a visit if in area. The main museum has 2 floors. There is a 30 minute movie to see around the Wright brothers. 2nd floor has parachute museum. You can go into a first floor bicycle shop next door if a ranger is in the building.
Spent about 50 minutes here including watching the movie.
Written July 3, 2023
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Teardrop Trailer Traveler
United States754 contributions
Mar 2022
The Wright Cycle Complex is located next to the main building in Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and is part of the park. There is only one room in the building that is open, so it only takes a few minutes to visit. However, it's well worth stopping into to see the Wright's workshop, tools, and bicycles.
Written January 24, 2023
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Tia B
Morgantown, WV307 contributions
Oct 2022
This complex features the Wright Brothers museum, their Bicylce shop and a section of the museum dedicated to Paul Dunbar an African American poet who was also from Dayton. There is a couple parking lots , mural across the street , food options and shoping nearby. Great place to visit if you like history!
Written October 15, 2022
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Michael A
Incline Village, NV387 contributions
Jul 2023
This is not the place where the brothers built their airplanes,but it is the site of their commercial bicycle shop which gave them the springboard to build the airplanes.
The rangers were nice and the tour of the shop held hourly in the middle of the day was quite good. The exhibits inside the adjacent building were well done and very informative.
Written August 2, 2023
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Brad
Winchester, KY501 contributions
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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Kelly Cathcart
Valparaiso, IN1,232 contributions
Apr 2022
We thought you could go inside, you can't. You can go into the interpretation center and learn some Wright Brothers history. The displays are nice and informative. You can grab up a aviation trail map and don't miss out on earning a bear.
Written April 24, 2022
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ms julie
Dobson, NC87 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Knew the half story of the beach first in flight but this park explains the brothers growing up and how they got to the beach. The day to day tinkering and testing for years. The print shop and the bicycle shop and the family. Bonus parachute Museum.
Written September 19, 2023
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AMoneySavingMindset
Cincinnati, OH44 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
The Wright Cycle Company was the main reason we went to Dayton. I was kind of disappointed. It's neat to see and only takes 15-20 minutes to check out.

I had thought this was where their airplane was first made, but it is not. That was in the next building they moved to on Third Street, which was sold to Henry Ford and moved to his Greenfield Village (Michigan).

Per the ranger, the Wright Bros. were conceptualizing the idea of flying while they were operating in this building.

It's a neat piece of history, but I enjoyed the next door Interpretative Center better and the best place to visit in Dayton is the Carillon Historical Park (where they have a replica Wright Cycle Co bldg. and the ACTUAL Wright Flyer III).
Written August 3, 2015
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jrbeebe
Dayton, OH32 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
What a surprise! This has been on my list of things to see for 5 years. Imagine my surprise when I am introduced to a modern, organized, 3-story building on South Williams Street which features the life and times of the Wright brothers (including their 3rd bike shop/aircraft invention workshop). The Paul Lawrence Dunbar displays were moving; I didn't realize he only lived 33 years. Wonderful poetry. The biggest takeaway, though, was the dramatic social and political effects of popularizing the bicycle! It could very well have led to the 19th Amendment 10 years later. The guides were well-informed and very friendly.
Written July 2, 2019
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