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Try This: A trip to the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee

Down the road in Milwaukee, the Harley-Davidson Museum boasts art, shopping, dining, and the story behind of one of Wisconsin’s most iconic brands.

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Harley Davidson Museum Experience May 2023

Pro tip: Find the tank from the year you were born on the Tank Wall. Does it match your style?

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“Get your motor runnin’, Head out on the highway.” How many times do you think we listened to “Born to be Wild” on our recent ~1h, 20 min. trip from Madison to Milwaukee to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum?

The artistry of the Tank Wall and bikes that span from 1906 to the present are a must-see for both HOG fans (and their friends and family) on your next trip to Brew City.

Pro tip: There’s plenty of free parking on campus (for 500 cars or 1,000 motorcycles), so planning your visit just got that much easier.

What we tried:

Fun fact: The very first Harley-Davidson “factory” was a 10x15-ft shed in the Davidson family’s backyard in Milwaukee. On the 20-acre, park-like campus Museum campus, you’ll find a replica of this shed, a motorcycle that survived a tsunami, and a lot of other wheelie cool Harley history.

What not to miss:

The Experience Gallery is the perfect chance to throw a leg over several different types of motorcycles and get a feel for what they would be like on the open road.

And don’t miss the special exhibit called “Mama Tried: Bringing it Together,” opening in June, that will feature outrageous custom and restored vintage bikes. Plus, the Museum also recently opened its first-ever bilingual exhibit, “My Papi Has a Motorcycle.”

Two women pose playfully on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in a museum

608today Sales Executive, Ana, and 6AM City Sales Director, Julie, on a CVO™ Tri Glide® Model motorcycle in the Experience Gallery.

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What we’re still talking about:

In addition to all the history, you’ll also find tons of shopping on the Museum’s campus — 13,000 sqft of shopping, to be exact:

  • The first and only Harley-Davidson Factory Shop: the official outlet for end-of-season gear and discontinued products
  • The separate Harley-Davidson® Shop: features collectibles from this year’s 120th anniversary celebration, vintage apparel replicas, and a space to make your own custom gear

Bonus: Don’t miss grabbing lunch at Motor Bar & Restaurant before you leave. (Order the tomato basil soup and Full Throttle grilled cheese.)

Harley Davidson Museum Experience May 2023

What’s your lucky number? Make sure to put it on the custom gear you create at the museum.

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How you can experience this:

Tickets are $8-$22 (H.O.G. members get in free), and we definitely recommend the audio tour to help soak in everything your eyes can’t.

Harley Davidson Museum Experience May 2023

The Sport was the first motorcycle that Harley-Davidson marketed specifically to women and is one of the many bikes on display in the Motorcycle Galleries.

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Things to know if you go:

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