History, with all The Dust Blown Off

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History, with all The Dust Blown Off

Traveling into the past is a thrill when you ride with Harley-Davidson.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON ARCHIVES

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.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON HISTORY
OUR FAVORITE THINGS

FROM THE ARCHIVES

OUR FAVORITE THINGS

Every object at the Harley-Davidson Museum tells a unique story. While it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite, our Museum staff is excited to share which artifacts from the Archives’ unparalleled collection inspire them. 
DELLA CREWE

DID YOU KNOW?

PIONEERING WOMEN

By 1921, when Harley-Davidson began marketing to “girls” as more than just passengers, the first solo women riders were long gone – opening up new roads to adventure on their own
1990 FAT BOY

VEHICLE PROFILE

25 YEARS OF THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON
FAT BOY

Hey, Fat Boy. For twenty-five years the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy has remained a staple of the company’s model line. Its name comes from its beefy look and its roots in biker culture. With appearances in numerous Hollywood films, this bike is truly a cultural icon.
1968 ELECTRA GLIDE

VEHICLE PROFILE

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, ELECTRA GLIDE!

The 2015 model year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide. But, the bike didn’t just appear out of thin air in 1965.