Before the Museum’s artifacts make their much-anticipated public debut, they are researched and catalogued in the Collections Processing Room
The Restoration Shop allows visitors the unique privilege of viewing how bikes are conserved
Museum visitors are invited to take the North elevator up to Level 3 for a peek into the Motorcycle Storage Viewing area
You never know what treasures might show up in the Archives!
The Museum’s Archives building is home to more than 300 vehicles and countless artifacts. This building also features a Temporary Exhibit space and a Restoration Shop.
Acid-free boxes protect the small artifacts and documents inside a specially-secured room.
The collection contains examples of many different kinds of engines that Harley-Davidson has built over the years. Some of them are located in a visible storage area on the 3rd floor of the Archives building.
Harley-Davidson has been preserving its history for over 100 years. Before moving to the Museum in 2008, the Archives was housed at the company’s Juneau Avenue headquarters in Milwaukee behind closed doors. Now on display to the public in museum exhibits, the collection is also used for research by various departments of the Motor Company, providing background or inspiration for many tasks ranging from marketing to new product development.
Only a small portion of the Archives collection is on view in the museum at a given time. Several hundred vehicles are stored on the third floor of the Archives building, and the second floor houses thousands of objects such as collectibles and toys, parts and accessories, clothing and riding gear, art, documents, and photographs.