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EVEL KNIEVEL: KING OF THE DAREDEVILS
Originally on display July 10 - September 6, 2010
“The people don’t come to see me die. They come to see me defy death.” — Evel Knievel
Death-defying feats have fascinated mankind for centuries. From sword-swallowers to human cannonballs, the daredevils of history have risked life and limb to draw a crowd. Few performers gained lasting fame. But in the 1970s a motorcycle-jumping stuntman from Butte, Montana vaulted this tradition from its sideshow origins to unthinkable heights of popularity and influence.
Evel Knievel made the leap from rural county fairs to sold-out stadiums through a unique combination of bravado, determination, and promotional genius. He invented himself and his business, jumping, crashing, and miraculously recovering to promise even more unbelievable acts to come. A generation of kids grew up transfixed by his televised exploits, imitating his stunts on bicycles and with Evel Knievel toys. Decades after Evel hung up his red-white-and-blue cape, his legacy lives on in the young athletes who have taken extreme sports to mainstream acceptance.
Now At The Museum
|Senior (age 65+)||$14|
|US Military (w/ID)||$14|
|Child (age 5-17)||$10|
|Child under 5||Free|
HOURS AND LOCATION
May-September - Daily: 9am-6pm
October-April - Daily: 10am-6pm
400 W Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53201
1-877-HD-MUSEUM or 414-287-2789