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Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum
Ranked #7 of 58 things to do in Solvang
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: OPEN SAT/SUN 11-5 AND WEEKDAYS from 11:00 - 3:30 by calling ahead. The L.A. Times just voted the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum as one of the 5 Best Places to Visit in California for $10 or less http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-tr-tip-sheet-things-under-10-htmlstory.html The Vintage Motorcycle Museum houses a private collection of more than 95 of the worlds' most rare classic and vintage racing motorcycles. There are several one-of-a-kind motorcycles that you may never have seen and some that you may never see again anywhere else.
Reviewed 16 May 2014

We had heard about this place before our trip to Solvang. We read some of the trip advisor reviews which is always a wise thing to do. Someone said that if the museum is closed to call their office and they may send someone out to give you a tour.

The day we arrived we hoped to see it as the next day we had to get on our way. The museum was closed but we called the office and they said a guide would come by at around 4:30 but if they were late we should wait on the benches alongside the museum.

Around 5:00 PM a nice lady came by and gave us a superb tour of the 100 bikes. They are mostly old antique models from around the world. Many if not all are unique.

Virgil the owner collector has a very interesting life. He was a University professor and he invented a new microscope that the entire world wants to buy. He was able to retire. He was also a motorcycle racer. He opened up this museum to show off his collection. Another interesting thing is that he keeps everyone of the bikes in running condition.

The tour guide knew quite a bit about almost every bike in the place. She didn't hurry either. She obviously loves what she does here.

Every single bike is n pristine riding condition.

The price is only $10.00 a person so the value is excellent.

They have a small selection of souvenirs available for sale,

Our compliments to Virgil and his wonderful staff for making this fantastic museum a reality.

Thank Ken J
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

We showed up in the afternoon about 3pm, the museum was closed BUT if you read the signs, they are willing to send someone and open the museum for you. It was fabulous we had the place to ourselves. Mike, the person who came to open the museum was welcoming, friendly, knowledge and helpful. Did not rush us out and knew a lot about how the bikes were acquired. This place is a must see, if you have time while in Solvang. They have a Crocker.

Thank AmySD
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

We couldn't get in because you must have an appointment, which was not what we expected when we arrived. So, get an appointment so you don't get disappointed like we did.

Thank Eileen P
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

If you know anything or want to know anything about vintage motorcycles this is a must visit place.
The collection of cycles from the early 20th century to the 70's and 80's is simply astounding. Some are rare beyond belief and most if not all are run periodically. I had the pleasure of having the collector-owner give me a personal tour of the museum. It is an experience I will never forget.

Thank DavidC1029
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

A really superb collection of old motorcycles, most of which are exquisitely restored. I would make the trip to Solvang just for this museum along.

Normally open weekends, but there is a phone number on the door and they will come let you in if you call. I only had to wait 15 minutes.

Guys...let her and the kids cruise the cutesy Solvang shops while you check out this place. Take your time and savor each bike.

Thank G4gene
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