Hands-On Harley Davidson Exhibit Closes May 7 at The Strong Museum

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

April 12, 2017

For Immediate Release

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

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

Hands-On Harley DavidsonTM
Exhibit Closes May 7
at The Strong® Museum

Don’t miss your chance to hit the road with America’s most iconic motorcycle at the Hands-On Harley-DavidsonTM exhibit at The Strong museum. The exhibit remains at The Strong only through Sunday, May 7, 2017. 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 before the exhibit rides off.

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-DavidsonTM remains on view through May 7, 2017, and is included with general museum admission fees.

National tour sponsor for Hands-On Harley-DavidsonTM Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Hands-On Harley-DavidsonTM 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 Harley-Davidson and are used with permission. © 2017 Harley-Davidson. 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.

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.

Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis during regular museum hours. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.