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National Packard Museum Opens Antique Motorcycle Exhibit

Jan 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Jo Kelley

Motorcycle Engine Showcased at National Packard Museum Exhibit

America’s Packard Museum located in Warren, Ohio is housed in an original Packard dealership built in 1917, and usually highlights the history of the classic Packard automobile. However, today the museum has added of a different exhibit: a feature of 25 American, Japanese, and European motorcycles as well as nine historic motorcycle engines that span the 20th century.


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This exhibit, called “The Motor,” opens today, January 6, 2018, and will run until May 20, 2018. The collection aims to promote the restoration, preservation, and collection of antique and vintage motorcycles by giving visitors a glance at how styles and technology evolved into where we are today. Audiences young and old are able to learn about the history and unique story of motorcycle engines, designs, and the role the motorcycle played in our transportation history.

The feature displays an eye-catching 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead (the last year of production), a 1957 Ariel Square Four, and the last surviving 1902 model of the dozen Sylvester and Jones motorcycles built in total. Along with the historical exhibit and collection pieces, museum guests are invited to attend two-panel discussions that cover the evolution of motorcycle engines. At noon on Jan. 27 and Feb. 17, visitors can attend these discussions for free. 

Other prestigious and well-known organizations feature motorcycle exhibits around the country, and some of our favorites being the home of the rarest motorcycle in the world, the Traub, at Wheels Through Time museum, and the Barber Motorsports Museum. But the National Packard Museum has earned recognition of its own over the years. They have earned several awards for their motorcycle exhibits, including three first-place rankings for interpretive exhibits by the National Association of Automobile Museums, and an Award for Excellence from the Antique Motorcycle Foundation.

Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. For details about this exhibit and operation times, visit the National Packard Museum website here, or call 330-394-1899.


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Jo Kelley

Written by Jo Kelley

I cover the history of motorcycles, motorcycle news, and tell the stories of some of the most popular brands.