Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee

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#1 of 109 in Museums in Wisconsin
See the first Harley ever produced and the bike that Arnold Schwarzenegger rode in "Terminator 2" at Harley-Davidson Museum. The museum showcases the history of the iconic brand and the distinctive Harley culture. The Harley-Davidson timeline features a procession of notable models, from the earliest days to the present. The first Harley, Serial Number One, is the crown jewel of the collection. You can also see learn about the bike customization culture, design your own bike, and enjoy other activities for both kids and adults. The museum often organizes special events and exhibits, so check the website before your visit. Take a look at our Milwaukee attractions planning tool to schedule your visit to Harley-Davidson Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • had an event here and it was great. a great addition to Milwaukee and should be visited by all, not just the Harley drivers!  more »
  • While it is a history of Harley Davidson, it’s much more: The development & popularization of motorcycles and reflecting the history of the US from the early 1900’s to the present. Incredible!, This w...  more »
  • Been here a few times with family, friends, and clients from out of town. You really get to see some great bikes and learn some interesting motorcycle history.  more »
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  • Very cool museum! Fun and interesting even for non-Harley people. Good meeting/conference facilities. My last company had a customer appreciation dinner there with a full bar... went over GREAT with customer reps and company staff.. most had never been there and all loved it. Interesting exhibits, rare old bikes and famous ones from movies, events and actors/celebrities... makes it interesting for all visitors. Stop in and enjoy!
  • Totally awesome museum. Super clean and right on the water. A must see if you are in Milwaukee. Expect to spend and entire day here and not see everything if you are a true Harley Davidson enthusiast. The gift shop has a lot to offer that you will not get anywhere else. Restaurant has a large selection of feud and liquor and beer as well.
  • Exhibits pull you back in time in that you can almost touch the first Harley bikes. Even cooler, there is an interactive exhibit where one can interact with by pressing on buttons that play the revving sounds of the Harley engines from different time periods. The museum tells a fascinating story.
  • Good fun even if your not a die hard Harley fan. Plenty of history to.read, old photos, and bikes. A bit for the gear heads. Not too much for kids. We had lunch. Good pub grub. Of course, a good size museum shop.
  • Fun opportunity to learn about this iconic company. I also had the chance to meet Mr. Davidson's grandson on a marketing trip here - great man. I had my Senior Prom here about 6 years ago. It was a great space.

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