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Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum

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Address: 200 W Main St, Sparta, WI 54656-2141
Phone Number: +1 608-269-0033
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One Amazing, Little-Known Museum!!

I always hesitated going here because who wanted to see a bunch of old bicycles and read a lot of yadda-yadda facts about Deke Slayton. But, when I did go this museum, I was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2016
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WS, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I always hesitated going here because who wanted to see a bunch of old bicycles and read a lot of yadda-yadda facts about Deke Slayton. But, when I did go this museum, I was totally taken aback!! What a fantastic place to visit!! Yes, there is a bunch of old bicycles, but they are so interesting that I could not... More 

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Salina, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

I initially stopped to just get a photo of the bicycle outside the building. However, ended up inside. Totally fascinating! I've been to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS. The Duke Slayton is a mini space history revolving around Mr Slayton. .and.....the bicycle portion was pretty neat also. Who knew Sparta was the US bicycle capital. Space travel and bicycles are... More 

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Cataract, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

I along with my wife enjoyed the history and fun of this place . We have been eager to get the chance to visit and it's a trip to remember and pass on to others .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

of historic bikes. Staff will give you a brief tour. Absolutely a great museum for such a little town. Perfect for bike and space enthusiasts.

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Sparta, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

The museum is amazing. The space component is a strength, based on favorite son Donald Deke Slayton. The bicycle aspect is intriguing with so many great and different styles back to the high wheel. They are known by their representative "Ben Biken." They share with businesses on a rotating display.

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

Well worth the $5 admission. Extensive collection from life and career of Deke Slayton. Also includes other astronauts with Wisconsin connections. Would have liked to see more on the history and development of bicycles as the bike display is not organized chronologically. Located on the second floor. Unsure if there is an elevator. Expect to spend about an hour. The... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2015

I'm a cyclist, so that is what drew me to this museum on Aug. 31, while my wife was at a fabric store. I'm so glad I saw this, with so many interesting bikes and their stories. I took several photos of what most interested me. Cost is $5 (adults)

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Palatine, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

I had recently finished reading the Astronauts Wives Club and my interest was again directed to Deke Slayton. This museum is great stop on the way to somewhere else. It really displayed the chronology of his life very well with lots of actual artifacts. I was particularly fascinated with events in his life post Apollo 13. There is also a... More 

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Dunkirk, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

My 30ish son and I passed through Sparta on our way to Washington state along I-90. I was particularly interested to visit the area again as my fathers side of the family is from the town and I wanted to check up on ancestor graves and the old home place. My son, the bicycle enthusiast, wanted to check out the... More 

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North Prairie, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015

Since a thunderstorm derailed our plans of biking the Elroy-Sparta Trail, we decided to take in the Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bicycle Museum. We had seen billboards on interstate advertising this place for years and always snickered at the unlikely combination. That aside, it IS a worthy place to visit. Admission (ours made better by a coupon from our... More 

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