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Historical / Classic / Antique Bicycle Museums / Exhibits / Organizations

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In Africa

Nairobi 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.

Trails End Bicycle Museum, Grabouw, Cape Province, South Africa.

In America (Central & South)

Asociacion de Bicicletas Clasicas (Classic Bicycle Association). Email: oldbicycle53 *

Museu da Bicicleta de Joinville, Praca Monte Castelo Estacao Ferroviaria de Joinville | Anita Garibaldi, Joinville, State of Santa Catarina 89202-080, Brazil. Email: museudabicicleta *

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

In America (USA & Canada)

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

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

Bicycle Pavilion
49 So. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002. Contact: Vicki Elson. Tel: 413-369-4900. Email: bicyclepavilion  *

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

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

Canada Science & Technology Museum (English)
Lancaster Road, Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Tel: 613-991-3044. TTY: 613-991-9207. Email: scitech *

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. The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, showcases nearly 200 antique, vintage, and classic automobiles, motorcycles and bicycles.

Crested Butte Mt Heritage Museum (Mountain Bike Exhibit), 331 Elk Ave., Crested Butte, CO 81224. Tel: 303-349-7280. Small and interesting.

Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bike Museum
200 West Main Street, Sparta, Wisconsin 54656. Tel: 888-200-5302. info *  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.

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 *  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 *

Houston Bicycle Museum
1313 Binz, Houston TX 77004. Tel: 713-459-4669.

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

Marin Museum of Bicycling
1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Fairfax, CA 94930.  Tel: 415-450-8000.

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

Museum of Mountain Bike Art and Technology

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. 14 bicycles from ca. 1868 to 1935.

Pedaling History (Burgwardt) Bicycle Museum
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Closed in 2009. The collection was auctioned off. Some of the collection items were purchased by the Houston Bicycle Museum.

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.

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.

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

In Asia and the Pacific

Canberra Bicycle Museum (may be closed)
Canberra Tradesmen's Union Club, 2 Badham St., PO Box 498, Dickson ACT 2602 Australia. Tel: (06) 2471363. Email: email *

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 *

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

Japanese Bicycle History Research Club

Sangju Bicycle Museum
San 3-4, Donam-dong, Sangju-si, South Korea (near the Nokdong River Trail, east of the city)

In Europe

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

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

Cykelhistoriska Föreningen (Cycle History Club of Sweden)
Box 3481, 10369 Stockholm, Sweden

Danmarks Cykelmuseum
Aalestrup, Denmark

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

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.

Deutsches Fahrradmuseum
im bayrischen Staatsbad Bad Brückenau D-97769 Germany. Tel.:09741/938253. Email: museum *.  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 association items. One of the highlights is the furnished historical bicycle shop.

Deutsches Museum
München, Germany.

Deutsches Technikmuseum
Berlin, Germany. The oldest bicycle collection in Germany, but it is not regularly on display.

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

Fahrradmuseum Retz (Bicycle Museum)
Schlossplatz 5, A-2070 Retz, Austria. Tel:: +43 [0] 29 42) 27 00. Email: fahrradmuseum

Fahrradmuseum Ybbs
A-3370 Ybbs, Herrengasse 12, Austria. Tel: (+43 [0] 74 12) 526 12-203


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

Motorradmuseum Großschönau (Motorcycle Museum)
April bis Oktober, David-Goldberg-Straße 27, D-02779 Großschönau, Germany. Tel: +49 [0] 3 58 41.

Musee du velo
Fahrradmuseum in 7800 Favrieux, France.

Musee du velo
Fahrradmuseum in 71460 Cormatin, France.

Museum Industriekultur (Museum Industrial Culture)
Äußere Sulzbacher Straße 62, D-90317 Nürnberg, Germany, Tel: +49 [0] 911 231-38 75.

National Wielermuseum
Polenplein 15, 8800 Roeselare. Belgium. Tel. 051 26 87 40. Email: wielermuseum

Radfahrgalerie (Bicycle Gallery)
Burgdorf, Eroffnung, Germany.

Radmuseum Altmünster am Traunsee
Altmünster am Traunsee, Austria

Rheinhessisches Fahrradmuseum
Schloss Ardeck, Gau-Algesheim, Germany.

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

Verkehrsmuseum (Transport Museum)
Dresden, Germany.

Vienna Technical Museum
Mariahilferstraße 212, A-1140 Vienna, Austria. Tel: +43 [0] 1 899 98-6000. Email: museumsbox

Zweirad Museum Altmünster am Traunsee (Two-wheeler museum)
Maria Theresia STR. 3, A-4813 old cathedral /Traunsee, Austria. Tel. 0712-87525,  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.

Zweiradmuseum Havel-Auen-Werder (Two-wheeler Museum Havel Auen Werder),
Mielestr. 2, 14542 Werder (Havel), Tel. 03327-409 74. The Zweiradmuseum Havel-Auen-Werder was created 1990.  About 50 bicycles from 1860 - 1940 are displayed.

In United Kingdom, 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. Email: museum * or museum *

Museum of British Road Transport
St. Agnes Ln, Hale St., Coventry, West Midlands CV1 1PN. Tel: +44 1203 832 425. Email: motor *. 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.

National Cycle Museum
The Automobile Palace, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5DL, Mid Wales. Tel / Email: *  From the merger of the National Cycle Museum in Lincoln with the collections of David Higman and Tom Norton.

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.

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.

Transport Museum at the Riverside Museum
Glasgow Harbour, Scotland. Contains one of the oldest bicycles in the world.

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, 153 Bangor Road, Cultra, Holywood, Co Down, Northern Ireland BT18 0EU.  Tel: +44 (0)28 9042 8428.


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)

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)

La Bible du Vélo A collection of past catalogues for hundreds of makes of bicycles.

Myths and Milestones in Bicycle Evolution by William Hudson

National Bicycle History Archive of America, Leon Dixon

Online Bicycle Museum includes an extensive database

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

Taiwan Bicycle Industry History

UMass Amherst Special Collection and University Archive
Searchable online archive. We got the most results search for "bicycle" on the "Digital" and "Books" tabs.

UMass Boston Healey Library - Open Archive: Digital Collection
Bicycling Collections in University Archives & Special Collections
The collection includes a range of important documents, pictures, scrapbooks, journals, magazines, and other items documenting the history of this popular sport, transportation medium and leisure activity.

Veteran-Cycle Club library, with several thousand scanned historic cycling documents available to download.

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

Related Sites

Chronology of the Growth of Bicycling in the USA

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 *

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

History of Bicycles and Bicycling



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