Motorcycle fans of all ages are sure to be delighted over the vast collection at the Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh, NY.
Having opened their doors in the spring of 2011, this museum flew under my radar. I was thrilled to visit and view their vast age-spanning collection.
The outside is unassuming but had ample parking and upon entering, I was greeted by an admission counter and gift shop. I must admit that once I entered the exhibit floor, I felt like a kid again. I wanted to explore everything that Motorcyclepedia had to offer.
The first exhibit I happened upon was dedicated to racing but was quickly transitioned into 'Chopper City', a myriad of unique custom choppers from the 60's and 70's. While the bright colors and elaborate designs draw you to each display, the assortment of memorabilia and peripherals keep you looking. This was by far the best exhibit for kids and non enthusiasts as it had everything from a chariot inspired chopper to a collection of models.
There are so many things that make Motorcyclepedia a neat museum. Throughout, signs show which rides you can climb on for photo ops. The best thing is that these photo ops are of both kid and adult sized motorcycles. There are posted slang terms and some of my favorite spots were about motorcycles in popular culture. I got a kick out of the motorcycles in comics wall as well as the political spotlight.
Enthusiasts won't be disappointed either. Motorcycle specifications are clearly listed for easy comparison. The Indian timeline captures one of each year and within the larger Indian exhibit notes things like imposters and unconventional Indian models. Their club meetings and lectures provide an all - inclusive feel. Upcoming lectures include 'Motorcycle Training; What the MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) Offers' on April 4th and 'Women in Motorcycling' on April 25th.
As a history buff, I was particularly drawn to the 1890-1924 and Military exhibits. From wooden bikes with motors to the Kettenkraftrad, a German tank bike, I wasn't disappointed. Local history was also featured, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how much the Hudson Valley is at the core of Motorcyclepedia. This is probably most evident in the Police display which features several local departments.
While admission may seem a bit steep initially, one can tell what great care and detail is put into Motorcyclepedia. I enjoyed every minute of my time there and I left feeling like it was money well spent. Take a rainy Sunday and go see what Motorcyclepedia Museum has to offer.
If you go:
250 Lake Street
General Admission: $11
Kids 3-12: $5 Under 3: Free
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am - 5pm