Fun this fall at the crossroads of 6th & Canal
The Harley-Davidson Museum says, “Thank You!” to medical and safety responders, and caps off Valley Week with a blood drive.
MILWAUKEE, USA (Sept. 15, 2020) – As a sign of gratitude for all those working to keep us safe, the Harley-Davidson Museum is offering medical and safety responders* free admission to the H-D Museum™, and MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant will knock 10% off the bill for those frontline workers to create a great pairing to the Harley-Davidson Museum® campus through the end of September. (details below and on Museum website)
The H-D Museum will also be the site of the Menomonee Valley Partners Valley Week blood drive, taking place Sept. 17 and 18 during Valley Week. In addition to helping save lives during this urgent time of need, all donors will receive complimentary admission to the H-D Museum and more incentives at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant, and The Shop. Details below.
September also marks the wind down of Saturday Demo Rides, so make tracks to 6th & Canal to throw a leg over a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle #FreedomMachine.
As always, the safety of our guests is a top priority for the Harley-Davidson Museum. Guests may notice changes since their last visit. Visit the H-D Museum website to find out more about our safety measures or to purchase tickets in advance.
The H-D Museum says, “Thank You!” to medical and safety responders*
Through Sept. 30
Now through the end of September, medical and safety responders can enjoy free admission to the Harley-Davidson Museum. Plus, stop off across Motorcycle Plaza and visit MOTOR Bar& Restaurant, where those same responders can take 10% off their bill. It’s the H-D Museum’s way of saying thank you to those keeping us safe.
Valley Week Blood Drive
Thursday, Sept. 17 (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and Friday, Sept. 18 (7 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
It’s time to rally in the Valley with a Menomonee Valley Partners blood drive to support local Wisconsin patients as part of Valley Week. There’s an even higher need for blood donations during the COVID-19 pandemic, and you can help! Besides earning bonus points for being awesome, all donors will also receive a great package of gifts from the Harley-Davidson Museum, including: Complimentary admission to the H-D Museum, 10% off a purchase of $25 or more at The Shop and $10 off $30 spend at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced. You can read a complete list of Menomonee Valley Partners’ COVID-19 Event Policies here.
Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun – 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m.
What is a powertrain? What makes the Milwaukee-Eight® engine different? The Engines 101 class takes you inside the Milwaukee Eight engine and transmission. In a classroom setting, we break down the components and their functions while describing the performance of a 4-stroke engine. Engines 101 shows how an engine and transmission come together to make a powertrain. Advance tickets and more information can be found here.
H-D Museum Campus Walking Tour
Explore the campus of the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum and enjoy the great outdoors. This 20-acre site is the place to see and experience Harley-Davidson history and culture. Download the PDF to your phone or mobile device and follow the path around the H-D Museum campus.
Google Arts & Culture
Google recently announced its partnership with 16 world-class Milwaukee institutions, including the Harley-Davidson Museum, bringing the city’s culture, people, and stories online on its Google Arts & Culture platform and app at g.co/Milwaukee. For the first time, anyone in the world can engage with organizations across the city and experience its celebratory culture (Milwaukee hosts more than 60 festivals in the summer alone). With summer festivals and vacations on pause, people can discover public art with Sculpture Milwaukee, student performances from the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, fine art tours from the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, production shots from the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, murals from Imagine MKE, Harley-Davidson history from the H-D Museum and more in one digital location.
Saturday H-D Museum Demo Rides
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Sept. 26
Visit the Museum campus Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and throw a leg over a 2020 motorcycle to experience the fun and freedom of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Visitors with their motorcycle endorsement will be able to choose from a dozen of the latest and greatest #FreedomMachines from Harley-Davidson, including Touring, Softail® and Sportster® models. A pre-determined scenic route through the Menomonee Valley will give riders the chance to explore the Museum’s surrounding neighborhoods. And if you haven’t had the chance to experience the thrill of the all-new, all-electric LiveWire motorcycle, stop by on Sept. 19 and 26 and throw a leg over the future of Harley-Davidson.
• Demo Rides will run 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. weather-dependent.
• Sign-up is on a first come first service basis.
• Riders and passengers must be at least 18 years of age.
• Riders must hold a valid license with a motorcycle endorsement.
• All riders and passengers must wear a helmet, eye protection, shirt, long pants and close toe shoes with heel strap.
• All riders and passengers must bring their own riding gear.
Stevan Dohanos painting, “Tex’s Motorcycle”
Dohanos, a frequent contributor to the “Saturday Evening Post,” enjoyed capturing his subjects as they were in real life. For this piece, Dohanos found his muse on a street in Georgetown, Conn. “Tex” Keller had decorated his saddle bags with nickel spots and covered his saddle with fur, putting his own flair on the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Though Dohanos probably didn’t title the work, many motorcyclists now refer to it as “Tex’s Motorcycle” and prints of it can be found in shops across the country. The original has found a home at the H-D Museum.
“Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory” (open now)
A recently recovered cache of architectural drawings includes plans for the original Juneau Avenue facility. The pencil drawings, along with archival photographs, demonstrate the whirlwind pace of the company’s early growth. While building an international business—going from producing just over 1,000 motorcycles in 1909 to manufacturing 27,000 motorcycles in 1920—the company’s Milwaukee factory experienced near-constant expansion. Construction through this relatively brief period created the buildings that today, a century later, are still the proud home of Harley-Davidson.
“Building a Milwaukee Icon” provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.”
Taming the Road in Style
Closes Nov. 8
The earliest Harley-Davidson motorcycles had the same suspensions as bicycles of the time: none at all. The roads were a hodgepodge of dirt, stone, and other materials. Bumps were everywhere; suspension was needed. Comfort became a never-ending challenge for Harley-Davidson engineers. It was redefined by each new generation of rider and changing environments: over the decades, roads were paved, engine power and speed increased, and motorcyclists traveled faster over longer distances and craved smoother rides. In response, Harley improved the seats, redesigned many frames, or added new suspension systems. Sometimes these changes were small, sometimes dramatic. These tweaks and additions added up over the years. The first Harley-Davidson vehicles resembled bicycles. Years later, bicycles and motorcycles looked nothing alike. The pursuit of comfort had transformed motorcycles. Taming the Road in Style examines this history, from the dawn of the bicycle to the launch of the new Harley-Davidson Softail models.
SAVE THE DATE
Opening Nov. 21, 2020
In the decades before America paved its highways, early riders had to be prepared for all sorts of terrain: sand, clay or dirt – and wandering those makeshift byways were Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Today, it’s called off-road or adventure touring; back then it was just called riding. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson motorcycles proved their toughness by riding over wooded hills, through stone-choked creek beds and up mountain sides. “Off-road Harley-Davidson” tells the history of motorcycles designed for rough roads, the people who rode them and the adventures they shared.
*Receive one (1) Harley-Davidson Museum General Admission pass and 10% off your bill when dining in at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant, before tax, by providing verification of current or former employment at any hospital, doctor’s office, police station or fire department during the period March 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020 (valid for individual only). Valid from August 15, 2020 through September 30, 2020 for in-person use only at the H-D Museum and in-person, dine-in use only at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant. Not valid for online purchases, carry-out or delivery orders. Offer limited to the individual providing employment verification. Non-transferable. Cannot be redeemed for cash or cash equivalent. Offer not valid on previous purchases at the H-D Museum or MOTOR Bar & Restaurant. Cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Offer is subject to change without notice. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
About the Harley-Davidson Museum
A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum® is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum™ is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. A visit to the H-D Museum™ is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum® at H-DMuseum.com.