On July 5-9, 2012 the Wheels ThroughTime Museum in Maggie Valley, NC will be celebrating it’s 10-year Anniversary here in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. Since opening its doors on July 4th of 2002, the museum has welcomed over a half-million visitors through its doors who’ve come to get a taste of American transportation history at its best.
The museum houses over 320 of America’s rarest and most significant motorcycles and automobiles, and is renowned for its “non-traditional” approach to preserving a vast collection of two-and four-wheeled machines that spans over 100 years.
While most automotive and motorcycle related museums in North America house near static collections of shiny, restored machines kept in glass cases or behind velvet ropes, at Wheels Through Time each and every machine inside the museum walls is kept in running and operating condition, many of which are fired up and run regularly for visitors. Over 75 percent of the collection stands in original condition — untouched survivors tracing back to the roots of motorized transporation — indicating the museum’s emphasis on originality.
This very approach has been an integral part of the museum’s success in Western NC. And as it continues to grow in both size and scope, visitors from far and wide are more than willing to share their unique experiences with friends and strangers alike, giving the museum even more momentum as it looks toward the future.
So far this summer, the museum has experienced record visitation, and things only look to be getting busier.
“Over the past 10 years, Wheels Through Time has enjoyed enormous success here in Maggie Valley, NC” says museum curator Dale Walksler. “We owe a vast part of that success to our visitors, and for our 10th Anniversary, we’d like to recognize and pay tribute to all those who have helped us become the museum that we are today.”
From Thursday-Monday, July 5-9, in celebration of its 10th year in Maggie Valley, museum staff will be giving special tours and demonstrations of many of the rare machines at WTT, including nearly a dozen early American racing motorcycles, several significant automobiles dating back to the 1920s, and one of the newest additions to the museum collection — the “Belly Tanker” race car seen on numerous episodes of “American Pickers”.
For more information , please visit the Wheels Through Time Museum website, located at www.WheelsThroughTime.com or call the museum at (828) 926-6266.