#28 Bicycle Museum of America

My name is Jamie Naragon and I would like to adopt the Bicycle Museum of America.

Bicycle Museum of America (Photograph by Jamie Naragon)

Bicycle Museum of America (Photograph by Jamie Naragon)

Tell us a bit more about yourself

I’m a history teacher in Toledo, Ohio at an urban arts school who has been passionate about cycling for 16 years. I also am active in local theatre and hold a master’s degree in criminal justice. I’m currently in the process of starting a second master’s in museum studies.

Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
The Bicycle Museum of America is a year-round museum located in New Bremen, Ohio. For just a few dollars, visitors can walk through three floors of hundreds of different types of bicycles and bicycling-related exhibits including videos, artifacts, and hands-on exhibits.

Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
As a fan of cycling for so many years, I was sceptical that a tiny museum in the middle of nowhere, Ohio would be impressive. However, when a cycling friend took me there for my birthday, we were both incredibly impressed. While we have different cycling interests, we found something for both of us there. It’s active in the community, promoting healthy living as well as the history of the bicycle, but it’s also important to adopt because it’s not well-known. It’s easy to miss out on this great museum because you have to travel a little ways off the beaten path….and even then, it doesn’t look like anything super special from the outside. However, once you’re inside, it has the most impressive collection of bicycles and transportation history I’ve seen!

Why would you recommend people visit?
People should visit because it’s incredibly reasonably priced, it’s a great family outing, and many people can relate to the subject material – a lot of people fondly remember their first bikes, and this museum brings back those memories in a fun and interactive way. And those interested in cycling would certainly be impressed for hours!

How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Vast, impressive, fun

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