Evel Knievel Museum Now Open, Celebration Planned
Evel Knievel. The name is synonymous with motorcycle daredevil. The consummate showman, Knievel brought death-defying motorcycle jumps into living rooms across America on ABC’s Wide World of Sports long before there was any such thing as the internet or YouTube. From ramp-to-ramp jumps over cars on an XR-750 to larger-than-life theatrics against the backgrounds of the fountain at Caesers Palace and the Snake River Canyon, Knievel’s antics became legendary. To this day Knievel continues to be one of the most iconic figures in motorcycling.
Now there’s a place to go to enjoy everything Evel as the Evel Knievel Museum has officially opened for business. Located at Historic Harley-Davidson in Topeka, Kansas, the museum features two stories of displays in a 13,000 sq. ft. facility. It is filled with historic motorcycles and memorabilia, from the helmet he wore for the Caesars Palace jump to the X2 Skycycle that launched him into Snake River Canyon. There’s also a movie theater featuring Evel Knievel films in addition to a virtual reality exhibit called The Jump where you experience what it’s like to soar over 16 cars.
A special “Grand Opening Celebration” will be held Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1. The celebration will include behind the scenes stories, special features, celebrity autograph stations, a hospitality tent, music and a BBQ lunch. The $65 General Admission Weekend Pass for the “Grand Opening Celebration” also includes a souvenir print and a commemorative Evel Knievel biography. Tickets are limited and available at:
Here’s more information about the Evel Knievel Museum courtesy of evelknievelmuseum.com
RED BLOOD. WHITE SUIT. AND BLUE SKY.
For daredevils and dreamers of all ages, come discover the spectacle that was the death-defying Evel Knievel show, barreling into Topeka, Kansas in 2017. Witness the incredible collection of the physics-defying bikes that launched the legend. See his iconic 1974 Mack Truck & Trailer “Big Red.” Examine the star-spangled helmets (battered, and beaten and beautiful) that undoubtedly saved Evel’s uninsurable life more than once. Listen to the eye-widening, imagination-sparking, and the doesn’t-seem-possible stories that defined an American icon.
LOCATION: 2047 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66612
HOURS: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Closed Sun.-Mon.
Adults $20; Students 8-16 $10; Children 7 & Under Free; Group Rate (12 or More) $17
Guided Tour $32 per person (4 person minimum, includes “The Jump”)
2-Day Pass $30
The Jump $5 – Virtual Reality Experience (8 years and older)
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