Hands-On Harley-Davidson Exhibit Opens January 21

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

December 29, 2016

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@museumofplay.org

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325, nmcelrath@museumofplay.org

Hands-On Harley-Davidson Exhibit
Opens January 21, 2017
at The Strong Museum

Hit the road with America’s most iconic and beloved motorcycle in Hands-On Harley-Davidson™—an interactive exhibit that rolls into The Strong museum on January 21, 2017, as part of a national tour. Explore a pretend engineering lab and motorcycle dealership, and use science, technology, engineering, and math concepts to dream up a bike design, build a prototype, and take it for a test drive.

Be a design engineer and learn how acceleration, speed, friction, gravity, and other laws of physics affect a motorcycle in motion at the Jump Track, Loop Track, Half-Pipe, and Roller Coaster. Use a series of ramps, jumps, and curves to build a custom test track and conduct experiments to see what happens when a rider throttles, leans into a curve, or descends a mountain road.

In the dealership, learn about engine parts and how they work together to create a smooth and safe ride. View a video of real motorcycle mechanics hard at work in a service department. Step into one of the bays and work with friends and family to create a custom motorcycle based on the classic Harley-Davidson Road King® using interchangeable motor parts and accessories, including mufflers, seats, saddle bags, and mirrors. Add style with magnetic flames, Harley-Davidson logos, and a personalized license plate. Rev the engine to give the custom bike a test!

Gear-up with a vest and helmet and learn about the protective equipment that keeps riders safe, dry, and warm. Select from interactive videos to have a first-person riding experience that includes United States and international touring routes. Working turn signals, audio and wind effects, and a throttle that controls the speed of the ride complete the experience. Map challenges on a nearby computer to track fuel, exhaust, and other systems to ensure a safe trip. Role-play as a Community Service Officer (a person who helps the police and other public servants), and learn about traffic safety and hand-signals with the help of a screen where you can see yourself in action. Enhance the experience by adding custom decals and flashing lights!

Hands-On Harley-Davidson remains on view through May 7, 2017.

Hands-On Harley-Davidson™ was created by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration with Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Hands-On Harley-Davidson and Harley-Davidson® are trademarks of H-D and are used with permission. © 2017 H-D. All rights reserved.


Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

General Admission Fees (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $14.50, under age 2 free, members free. Note: Fees subject to change.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: general admission fee plus $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Note: Fees subject to change.

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