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“Very Well Done” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Harley-Davidson Museum

Harley-Davidson Museum
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Ranked #1 of 151 things to do in Milwaukee
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Owner description: 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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Chicago, Illinois
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Very Well Done”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

This museum is much more fun than it truly ought to be. I know nothing about motorcycles - but I am in the museum field, and was so impressed by the curation and setup of the space. The architecture and flow if the building is just beautiful. The exhibits are extremely engaging - and they touch on culture, design, US History, and engineering in a way that will appeal to all kinds of audiences. While kids might be interested - I'd say that the educational materials are geared toward a more adult audience then you typically find. The mode of address assumes that museum-goers are generally intelligent people - and so you get a LOT of information, quickly delivered in a very visual way. Highlights for me were an exhibition on the evolution of the leather jacket, and a hands on display which trains you to recognize the sound of the twin V-engine that is a staple of Harley. (I know that sounds like the weirdest thing - but you've got to try it.) The museum crowd was a mix of bikers in for the annual Labor Day rally - and tourists like me - and I loved the idea of touring a museum that was filled with experts in the field. I left feeling truly patriotic and somewhat sentimental about the Harley brand - so I suppose the museum did its trick!

Visited September 2012
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“Lots to look at”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

I don't know anything about motorcycles, but this museum was totally awesome. The building itself has a cool industrial modern look, but inside are lots of historic bikes chronicling up to today. You get to see the history of Harley Davidson, which also showcases part of the history of the city of Milwaukee. There are also lots of different interactive displays. I was lucky enough to have a free ticket from a local running race, but I think a regular price adult ticket is $16, which isn't too bad. There is plenty of parking, but it's also right by the Hank Aaron trail, which makes it conducive for cycling to the museum. If I enjoyed this museum this much, I can't begin to imagine how awesome it would be for a motorcycle aficionado.

Visited November 2012
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MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Quick & Easy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Enjoyed the exhibits and the restaurant. Spent 3 hours which was a nice side trip before our concert.

Visited November 2012
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Red Deer, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Not a biker chick?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

I know nothing about motorcycles and I went with my husband expecting to be bored - I was pleasantly surprised. It was a fascinating history lesson and well worth the time.

Visited April 2012
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Surf City, North Carolina
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“Loved it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Everthing you ever wanted to know about harley Davidson and more. i loved all of the bikes on display from the beginning of the businness until today. The specialty bikes were very interesting and the restaurant on site was great. This is a must see for anybody who visits Milwaukee.

Visited December 2011
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