Thursday, May 08, 2008

Harley-Davidson Museum to open July 12th

Harley-Davidson Museum Rendering

It's been in the works for years, but the Harley-Davidson Museum is finally set to throw its doors open to the public with a grand opening celebration July 12. Planned festivities include a custom bike build, a tattoo artist, live music and dining at the museum's restaurant and cafe.

More than 450 motorcycles will be on display at the new 130,000-square-foot museum, which sits on 20 acres in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley.

Board Track Exhibit

While the motorcycles Harley-Davidson has manufactured in its 105 years are the main draw, the culture of Harley-Davidson will also be brought to life with photos, videos, clothing and never-before-seen archival documents.

The Harley-Davidson Museum is located at 400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee.

Tickets for the grand opening go on sale May 20 at You can also watch the museum being built on Harley's live webcam, complete with time lapse photography.

King Kong
The Harley-Davidson Museum will feature the "King Kong" motorcycle, built by a former Harley-Davidson dealer and enthusiast in Pennsylvania. It is 13-feet long, and is powered by two v-twin "Knucklehead" engines.