Destinations: The National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa
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The Hall of Fame is similar in concept to the one operated by the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. The National Motorcycle Museum’s Hall of Fame includes about 80 Hall of Famers. These are motorcyclists with accomplishments in many areas, including engineering, writing, racing and more.
The museum’s collection extends beyond just motorcycles, too. The museum also has more than 400 related collectible items on display. This part of the museum is extensive, and in addition to the impressive antique toy collection, it includes posters, photos, emblems, signs and other very cool stuff. It’s all here.
Unlike most motorcycle museums, the National Motorcycle Museum is not privately owned. It is a non-profit organization funded by admissions fees, sales in the museum’s store, memberships, raffles, donations and various corporate sponsorships. Most of the money that fuels this operation comes from individual motorcyclists, and that’s who the museum aims to serve.
The National Motorcycle Museum is located off of U.S. Highway 151, with adequate parking for large groups, cars, motorcycles, RVs and buses. (Hey, it used to be a Walmart!) The museum likes to host events and clubs, so if you are part of a group that would like to meet in the cool new setting of the museum, you need to contact these folks!
The National Motorcycle Museum will hold its grand opening and inaugural Vintage Rally June 3 and 4. The event will include a vintage bike show and a swap meet, and the opening of a new exhibit, Motorcycles at Work.
Admission is $8 per person, kids under 12 are free, and discounts are offered for senior citizens and ABATE, AMCA, AMA, HOG, and GWRRA members.
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