Motorcycles have been a craze and sensation as soon as they first came into the picture. Well, we say you ain’t a biker if you’ve never heard of these best motorcycle museums!
Every bike needs a distinctive driver, a driver who understands the bike so that they can work as one unit. Like the craze for the right bike is the craze for the best bike and where they are stored.
We aim to show you the Best Motorcycle Museums in the World:
1. Moto Guzzi Museum, Italy
The Moto Guzzi Museum brings together a rich collection of over 150 pieces between its exhibition series motorcycles, sports bikes, prototypes and experimental engines, which alternate in a temporal path to witness the glorious history of a timeless myth known in Italy and all over the world.
The path runs through the most original, glorious and popular creations that have made the history of the Mandello Brand on the market and in international speed competitions.
2. Ducati Museum, Italy
The gallery of the Ducati production motorcycles that have marked the different periods: 15 road bikes that illustrate the socio-cultural evolution that has taken place from 1946 to the present, embellished by an exhibition concept that brings out shapes and design through artistic installations.
The parade of the Ducati racing bikes that with their victories have built the sports legend of Borgo Panigale, displayed next to their trophies and the racing suits of the champions. Probably this is the reason, Ducati made it to our list of 5 Best Adventure Motorcycles of 2018.
3. Peterson Automotive Museum, USA
The Petersen Automotive Museum is located on Wilshire Boulevard along Museum Row in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles. Founded on June 11, 1994, by magazine publisher Robert E. Petersen and his wife Margie, the $40-million Petersen Automotive Museum is owned and operated by the Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation.
In 2015, the museum underwent an extensive $125 million renovation.The museum has over one-hundred vehicles on display in its twenty-five galleries. The remaining half of the collection is kept in a “vault,” located on the basement level of the building.
Some of the cars and automotive memorabilia in the Petersen exhibits include:
- Some of the NASCAR Herbies used during the filming of Herbie: Fully Loaded, along with one of the Herbies seen in 1997 The Love Bug film.
- Lightning McQueen from Disney Pixar Cars & Cars 2
- 1967 Ford MKIII GT40
- 1956 Jaguar XKSS formerly owned by Steve McQueen
- 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from the James Bond film: Skyfall
- 2011 Ford Fiesta from Ken Blocks Gymkhana 3
- 2004 Pontiac Aztek from Breaking Bad
- 1992 Batmobile from Batman Returns
- Ferrari 308 GTS Targa used by Tom Selleck in Magnum, P.I. In order for the 6’4 Tom Selleck to fit comfortably in the Ferrari, they had to lower the driver seat.
- De Tomaso Pantera which belonged to Elvis Presley
4. Harley Davidson Museum, USA
The Harley-Davidson Museum is a North American museum near downtown, Milwaukee, Wisconsin celebrating the more than 100-year history of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The museum opened to the public on July 12, 2008, on 20 acres (81,000 m2) site in the Menomonee Valley. In late February 2006, designs for the museum were unveiled.
On June 1, 2006, Harley-Davidson began the construction of the $75 million complex with a ground-breaking ceremony that included legendary Harley-Davidson dirt track motorcycle racer, Scott Parker, breaking ground by doing a burnout with a Harley-Davidson XL883R Sportster, instead of with the traditional golden shovel.
On the museum’s upper level, a procession of motorcycles is displayed down the center of the main hall, running the length of the building, with galleries on either side. Along the east side of the upstairs galleries, a series of interconnected galleries exhibit the Harley-Davidson’s chronological history.
The Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s corporate archives are also housed on the museum’s grounds. The archives supplied more than 85% of the items on display in the museum. Since 1915, the company’s founders decided to pull one bike from the production line to be preserved in an archive.
5. BMW Museum, Germany
The BMW Museum is an automobile museum of BMW history located near the Olympia park in Munich, Germany. The museum was established in 1973, shortly after the Summer Olympics opened. The museum shows BMW’s technical development throughout the company’s history.
It contains engines and turbines, aircraft, motorcycles, and vehicles in a plethora of possible variations. Known as the salad bowl or white cauldron, the silver futuristic building was designed by the architect of the BMW Headquarters, the Viennese professor Karl Schwarzer.
6. National Motorcycle Museum, UK
The National Motorcycle Museum occupies an 8-acre (32,000 m2) site in Bickenhill, Solihull, England and holds the world’s largest collection of British motorcycles. The founder of the museum, construction entrepreneur and self-made millionaire Roy Richards, started collecting good examples of British motorcycles in the 1970s.
The museum is affiliated to the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust. The motorcycles on display represent examples of well-known makes, such as BSA, Triumph, and Norton as well as less well-known makers including Coventry-Eagle, Montgomery, and New Imperial.
7. Honda Collection Hall, Japan
The Honda Collection Hall is a transport museum housing a collection of Honda consumer- and racing-oriented artifacts. It is on the grounds of the Twin Ring Motegi race track located at Motegi, Japan. It opened in 1998. It is operated by Honda subsidiary Mobility land.
All items in the collection are maintained in running order; the museum posts time when visitors can see the display models started. The museum contains approximately 350 automobiles, motorcycles, and power products. This is a sampling of items that press reports found particularly noteworthy.
8. Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, USA
The Barber Motorsports Park is 740 acres (300 ha) multi-purpose racing facility located in Birmingham, Alabama. It was built by George W. Barber and includes the Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum.
The museum has over 1,450 vintage and modern motorcycles and racing cars. It is considered the largest and one of the best motorcycle museums in the world, as well as the largest collection of Lotus race cars. The motorcycle collection includes bikes dating from 1904 to present production. About half of the 1200 motorcycles are on display at any given time and come from 16 countries that represent over 140 different marques from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden.
9. David Silver Honda Collection, United Kingdom
By complete contrast, at least to the massive Barber and Honda collections, the recently opened David Silver collection is one of the UK’s least known motorcycling gems. Opened in 2016 and located in Leiston, East Suffolk, the museum is the work of renowned classic Honda parts specialist David Silver and is thus, naturally enough, devoted to classic Hondas of which about 150 different models, ranging from a Super Cub to CBR900RR Fire Blade, are on display. Know how Honda made it to our top 5 Best Adventure Motorcycles 2018 list.
10. Sammy Miller Museum, United Kingdom
The Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum was set up in 1964, after the former championship-winning trials rider Sammy Miller set up a parts business in New Milton, Hampshire, England.
The business started after Miller put a few of his old racing motorcycles in the corner, which eventually became the catalyst of the present-day museum. The museum is now held in trust, houses some 300 machines including motorcycles and 3-wheeled vehicles and is affiliated to the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust.
Collection: BSA, Zundapp, Norton, Moto Guzzi