History, with all The Dust Blown Off
Traveling into the past is a thrill when you ride with Harley-Davidson.
Harley-Davidson has been preserving its history for over 100 years. Before moving to the Museum in 2008, the Archives was housed at the company’s Juneau Avenue headquarters in Milwaukee behind closed doors. Now on display to the public in museum exhibits, the collection is also used for research by various departments of the Motor Company, providing background or inspiration for many tasks ranging from marketing to new product development.
Only a small portion of the Archives collection is on view in the museum at a given time. Several hundred vehicles are stored on the third floor of the Archives building, and the second floor houses thousands of objects such as collectibles and toys, parts and accessories, clothing and riding gear, art, documents, and photographs.
From The Archives
Vehicle profile: 1960 XLH Sportster®
“Mrs. Sup Jr.”
Women have been riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles since the earliest days of the sport. Seeking independence and driven by the desire to do something new and exciting, female riders took to the roads and haven‘t looked back. As we celebrate 110 years of Harley-Davidson, we also honor this legacy and the miles to come. Join us as we observe Women‘s Riding Month, culminating in a special Ladies Bike Night at the Museum on May 30th.
Vehicle profile: 1915 Stripped Stock
At the end of 1914 Harley-Davidson management found they could no longer ignore the growing popularity of motorcycle racing. As dangerous as they found it, company officials were also businessmen and knew success on the track would pay off in dealers‘ showrooms. A supplement to the 1914 literature outlined a made to order race bike built to customer‘s specifications. In 1915, the Motor Company would offer the first factory race bikes available to the
Did you know? Tracing The Ever-Evolving Harley-Davidson
Headlights. Speedometers. Shock absorbers. Which would you have found on the first Harley-Davidson bikes? None of the above.
Artifact Spotlight: 1928 Harley-Davidson Model Catalog printed in Japanese
“Harley-Davidson export business has reached that stage where the specially constructed foreign crates can be seen leaving the factory shipping door almost every day of the week.” The Harley-Davidson Dealer, April 1914
International export became an important part of Harley-Davidson‘s business very early in its history. The Motor Company had representatives in such far-flung places as Australia, Holland, South Africa, and Argentina by the mid-teens and aggressively expanded its international operations through the 1920s and ‘30s.
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|Adults (18-64 years):||$18|
|Children (5-17 years):||$10|
|Children (under 5):||Free with Adult|
|Seniors (65+):||$12 (with ID)|
|Military & Students:||$12 (with ID)|
|H-D Museum Members:||Free|
Hours and location
Open everyday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays
400 W Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53201
1-877-HD-MUSEUM or 414-287-2789