Hog Heaven: A Tour of the Harley-Davidson Museum

More H-D loveliness than you could shake a bar-and-shield branded stick at.

With 114 years under its drive belt, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Harley-Davidson Motor Company has created a shrine to its innovations and influence on pop culture in the form of the Harley-Davidson Museum near the Menomonee River in the historic Third Ward.

The 130,000-square-foot, three-building complex — opened in September of 2008 on 20 acres — contains more than 450 Harleys and hundreds of thousands of artifacts from the Motor Company’s history.

The museum attracts an estimated 300,000 visitors annually, and visitors be damned if they roll into the V.I.P. motorcycle parking lot on anything but Milwaukee iron.

I paid a visit in late May, and absorbed the culture before gorging myself on a juicy hamburger in the adjoining restaurant.

Enjoy the galleries!

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