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Historical / Classic / Antique Bicycle Museums / Exhibits / Organizations / Online Resources

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In Africa

East Africa Railway Museum, Nairobi, Kenya. Photo archive includes images of early use of bicycles.

National Museum, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. One very interesting handmade wood, wire and cord bicycle in the collection.

National Archives, Harare, Zimbabwe. Photo archive includes images of early use of bicycles.

In America (Central & South)

Asociacion de Bicicletas Clasicas (Classic Bicycle Association). Email: oldbicycle53 @yahoo.com.ar *

Museu da Bicicleta de Joinville, Brazil. Email: museudabicicleta @terra.com.br *

Transportation History Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Email: museoyacanto @yahoo.com *

In America (USA & Canada)

Alamo Classic Car Showcase & Museum
6401 S Interstate 35, New Braunfels, TX 78132. Tel: 210-606-4311..Fax: 210-620-4387. Includes a few bicycles.

Bicycle Museum of America
7 West Monroe Street, New Bremen, Ohio  45869.  Tel: 419-629-9249. Fax: 419-629-3256

Bicycle Pavilion
95 South Part Road, Conway MA 01341. Contact: Vicki Elson. Tel: 413-369-4900. Email: bicyclepavilion @yahoo.com  *

Brown Cycles Bicycle Museum
549 Main Street, Colorado Junction CO 81501.  Tel: 970-245-7939. Email: Browncycles @qwest.net  *

California Bicycle Museum
PO Box 73385, Davis CA 95617.  Email: info @californiabicyclemuseum.org  *

Carillon Historical Park
2001 S Patterson Blvd., Dayton, OH. Tel:513-293-2841. Reproduction of the Wright Cycle Shop.

Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum
10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106. Tel: 216- 721-5722. Fax: 216-721-0645. The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, showcases nearly 200 antique, vintage, and classic automobiles, motorcycles and bicycles.

Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bike Museum
200 West Main Street, Sparta, Wisconsin 54656. Tel: 888-200-5302. info @dekeslayton.com *  Has video clip of riding a vintage high wheeler Penny Farthing.

Elliott Museum
825 NE Ocean Blvd., Hutchinson Is., Stuart, FL, 34996-1696. Tel: 407-225-1961. Include bicycle exhibit.

First Flight Bicycles Museum and Bicycle History
216 S. Center St   Statesville, NC 28677. Tel: 704.878.9683. jeff @firstflightbikes.com *

Forney Transportation Museum
1416 Platte Street, Denver, CO 80202. Includes a few bicycles.

Franklin Institute Science Museum
20th and Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Tel:215-448-1200.

Golden Oldy Cyclery
Golden CO 80401. Email: oldbike2 @comcast.net. *  Pre 1900 bikes and accessories, and Victorian bike literature and bicycle poetry of  the 1800s.

Hartung's Automotive Museum
3623 W Lake St., Glenview, IL 60025. Tel: 847-724-4354. Includes 75 bicycles.

Henry Ford Museum
20900 Oakwood Boulevard, P.O. Box 1970, Dearborn, MI 48121-1970. Tel: 1-800 TELL-A-FRIEND or 313-271-1620. TTY: 313-271-2455. Email: info @hfmgv.org *

Little Congress Bicycle Museum
LLewellyn St, PO Box 52, Cumberland Gap TN 37724. Tel: 423-869-9993. Email: bicyclemuseum @gmail.com *. Opened on weekends.

Metz Bicycle Museum
54 West Main Street ( Rear Building), Freehold, New Jersey 07728.  Tel: 732-462-7363. Fax 732-845-4611.

Mountain Bike Hall of Fame & Museum
PO Box 1961, Crested Butte, CO 81224. Tel: 303-349-7280. Small and interesting.

Museum of Science and Industry
57th St. and Lakeshore Dr., Chicago, IL 60637. Tel: 312-684-1414.

New England Muscle Bicycle Museum

New York Museum of Transportation
PO Box 136, West Henrietta, NY 14586. Tel: 716-533-1113.

Owl Head Transportation Museum
Route 73, Owls Head, ME 04854. Tel: 207-594-4418. Fax: 207-594-4410. 14 bicycles from ca. 1868 to 1935.

Pedaling History (Burgwardt) Bicycle Museum
3943 North Buffalo Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127-1841. Near Niagara Falls and Buffalo. Tel. 716-662-3853. Email: info @pedalinghistory.com *

Pierce Miller Bicycle Collection
University of California in Davis, Davis, CA

Poll's Museum of Transportation
1715 104th Ave., Zeeland, MI 49464-1403. Tel: 616-399-1955. Includes an exhibit of bicycles.

Canada National Museum of Science & Technology (English)
Musee national des sciences et de la technologie du Canada (francais)
Lancaster Road, Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Tel: 613-991-3044. TTY: 613-991-9207. Email: scitech @istar.ca *

Bicycle Pryor Dodge Collection and Pryor Dodge Collection Photo Gallery
Traveling collection, see website for schedule. Pryor also has assembled a beautiful book, The Bicycle, documenting his collection and the history of the bicycle.

Smithsonian
National Museum of America History (First Floor), Smithsonian Institution, Constitution Ave., Washington, DC 20004. Email: webmaster @si.edu . Bicycles on exhibit dating from 1819 to 1989.

Wheelsmith
225 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301. Tel: 415-324-0510. A store and exhibit.

In Asia and the Pacific

Canberra Bicycle Museum
Canberra Tradesmen's Union Club, 2 Badham St., PO Box 498, Dickson ACT 2602 Australia. Tel: (06) 2471363. Fax:(06) 2305298. E-mail: email @canberrabicyclemuseum.com.au *

Rickshaw Museum
Graduates Welfare Association Fazilka (GWAF), Punjab, India.

Bicycle Museum Cycle Center
18-2 Daisennaka-machi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City, Japan.  Tel: 072-243-3196. Email: bikemuse @k7.dion.ne.jp *

Japanese Bicycle Culture Centers
Jitenshakaikan No. 3, 1-9-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107, Japan

Japanese Bicycle History Research Club

Sang-ju Bicycle Museum
5km west on Road 25, Sang-ju, South Korea

In England, Scotland & Ireland

Alex Brown Museum of Scottish Cycling
Drumlanrig Castle, Drumlanrig, N. Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway

Coventry Transport Museum
Millennium Place, Hales St, Coventry, CV1 1PN. Tel: 24 7683 2425. Fax: 24 7683 2465. Email: museum @transport-museum.com *

Museum of British Road Transport
St. Agnes Ln, Hale St., Coventry, West Midlands CV1 1PN. Tel: +44 1203 832 425. Fax: +44 1203 832 465. Email: motor @discover.co.uk *. 200 cycles.

Museum of Historic Cycling
The Old Station, Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9TZ. Tel: 44 1840 212 811

Museum of Irish Transport
Scotts Hotel Gardens, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Tel: 064-32638

Museum of Transport
Kelvin Hall, 1 Bunhouse Rd, Glasgow G3 8DP. Tel:44 141 331-1854. Fax: 44 141 3577 5849

National Cycle Museum
The Automobile Palace, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5DL, Mid Wales. Tel / Fax: +44(0)1597-825531. Email: cycle.museum @care4free.net *  Includes an online library, http://www.cyclemuseum.org.uk/library/, with several thousand scanned historic cycling documents available to download.

National Cycling Archive
Modern Record Centre, Univ. Library, Univ. of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers St., Edinburgh EH1 1JF. Tel: 44 131 2257534. Fax: 44 131 226-5949

Pinkerton Cycle Collection
Manchester Velodrome, Manchester and Victorian Village, Ironbridge, Telford, Staffordshire. Tel: 44 121 350-0685

Science Museum
Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD. Tel: 44 171 938-8000. Fax: 44 -938-8118

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, 153 Bangor Road, Cultra, Holywood, Co Down, Northern Ireland
BT18 0EU.  Tel: +44 (0)28 9042 8428.  Fax: +44 (0)28 9042 8728.  Email: uftm @talk21.com *

In Mainland Europe

Zweirad Museum Altmünster am Traunsee (Two-wheeler museum) (Austria)
Maria Theresia STR. 3, A-4813 old cathedral /Traunsee, Tel. 0712-87525, Tel./fax. 06133-607299, tourism office: 07612-87181.  Open: May, June, September, and October: Saturday/Sunday/Holidays, 1400-1700. July, August, daily, 1000-1200 and 1400-1800. Appointments for visiting outside of these times is possible! The wheel museum  is the first Austrian museum of this kind. Bicycles and motorcycles are shown. One of the guiding sayings of the museum is "touch me". Also shown is bicycle history from the running machine to flashy chrome wheeled bicycle and tricycles.

Autoworld
Parc du Cinquantenaire 11, Brussels B1040, Belgium. Tel: 32-2-736-41-65. Fax: 32-2-736-51-36. Some pedal powered items.

Cykel Museum
Borgergade 10, DK-9620, Aalestrup, Denmark. Tel: 45-9864-1960.

Cykelhistoriska Föreningen (Club)
Box 3481, 10369 Stockholm, Sweden

Dansk Cykel & Knallert Museum
DCM's Venner, Godthåbsvej 247, 2720 Vanløse. Tel: 31 87 14 23. Fax: 31 87 14 23.

Heimat Museum, Themar, Germany

Musée du Vélo
Avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny - RN6 - Le Pas-Fleury - 71700 TOURNUS, France.  Tel. +33 (0)3 85 20 01 28.

Museum of Sport and Bicycling
118 Ave. President Kennedy, 75775 Paris, CEDEX 16, France.

Deutschlands großes Fahrrad- und Kleinmotorrad-Museum
Schönhofen bei Regensburg

Deutsches Zweirad Museum
Urbanstrasse 11, 7107, Neckarsulm, Germany. Tel: 07132 35271. Bicycle and motorcycle museum.

Fahrradsammler

Festung Ehrenbreitstein (Fortress Ehrenbreitstein)
opposite Koblenz, Germany, houses another bicycle museum

Deutsches Fahrradmuseum im bayrischen Staatsbad Bad Brückenau (German bicycle museum in Bath Brueckenau). 97769 bath Brueckenau, Heinrich-von-Bibra-Str.24, 97769 bath Brueckenau. Tel.:09741/938253. Fax:09741/938254. Email: museum @deutsches-fahrradmuseum.de *.  The museum is privately maintained of Mona Bookman and Ivan Sojc. It is the largest, accessible, German bicycle collection.  From an original run machine to newer wheels it covers almost every development;  it has all kinds of high wheels, the earliest Safety bikes or also association things. One of the highlights is the furnished historical bicycle shop.

Zweiradmuseum Havel-Auen-Werder (Two-wheeler Museum Havel Auen Werder), Mielestr. 2, 14542 Werder (Havel), Tel. 03327-409 74, fax. 03327-409 79. Open: April-October, Wednesday-Sunday 1000-1700, November-March: Saturday and Sunday 1000-1600.
The Zweiradmuseum Havel-Auen-Werder was created 1990.  About 50 bicycles from 1860 - 1940 are displayed.

Die Fahrradscheune (The bicycle barn), Scharz. A beautiful barn with a collection of historic bicycles.

Radmuseum Altmünster am Traunsee
Altmünster am Traunsee in Oberösterreich

Velorama National Fiets Museum
Waalkade 107, 6511 XR Nijmegen (Gelderland), Netherlands,  Tel: +31 (0)24-3225851. Fax: +31 (0)24-3607177.  Email: :info @velorama.nl  *. A favorite of cyclists.

Zweiradmuseum Havel-Auen-Werder
Werder, Havel-Auen, bei Berlin

Online

Antilope's Geschiedenis illustrations relating to the history of bicycle producer Antilope, NL.

Bakfiets en Meer Dutch bike video's, jazz band on a bakfiets (box bicycle)

Batavus History Tour  (click "Historie" on drop down menu) A history of the Batavus bike company. (in Dutch)

Bik Museum - WWW Bicycle Guide, Taiwan

BikeIcons

BMX Museum Lists the many types of bikes, made for BMX throughout the years.

Campagnolo History History of the prestigious bicycle manufacturing company

Cycle Publishing - Cycling History

Dutch Bicycle Industry Development

Dutch Bicycle Poster and More Dutch Bicycle Posters

Franklin Institute Online (Philadelphia) Search for "bicycle"

International Cycling History Conference

L'histoire du vélo (in French)

Myths and Milestones in Bicycle Evolution by William Hudson

National Museum of Science & Techology Ottawa, ON Canada

Online Bicycle Museum includes an extensive database

Sidecar Museum (Italy) The history of sidecars, including early sidecars for bicycles

Taiwan Bicycle Industry History

Walter Ruett A site dedicated to the turn of the century (1900s) champion.

Related Sites

Chronology of the Growth of Bicycling in the USA

National Bicycle History Archive of America

Rideable Bicycle Replicas
Makes replicas of historic bikes for sale. 2329 Eagle Ave, Alameda, CA 94501.  Tel: 510-769-0980. Fax: 510-521-7145.  Email: hiwheel @barrongroup.com *

The Wheelmen - "Dedicated To The Enjoyment And Preservation Of Our Bicycling Heritage."

History of Bicycles and Bicycling

Books on the History of Bicycles and Bicycling

 

 
 

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