The National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa is closing on September 5th, 2023. We traveled to Iowa to tour the museum and capture the impressive collection before it is actioned off and pieced out to new owners. The bulk of the museum was curated by the founders of J&P Cycles, John and Jill Parham. At the time of our visit the museum housed more than 300 vintage and important motorcycles and more than 6,000 pieces of road art. The museum has brought joy to thousands of enthusiasts and is a testament to John and Jill Parham's contributions to the motorcycling community. We were lucky enough to spend three days in town and still weren't able to see it all. We learned a ton and feel blessed that we were able to experience so much history in one place.
The museum is closing for financial reasons. With the relocation of J&P Cycles from Anamosa to Texas, the amount of visitors to the small community of about 5,000 people hasn't been enough to maintain and house such a large and significant collection. While it's sad the museum is closing, we can't thank the founders and staff enough for providing an incredible experience to so many riders for as long as they did.
A huge thank you to Jill Parham and Dave Ohrt to welcoming us to the museum and taking the time to chat with us. And another thank you to the staff members who helped us navigate the collection.
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