Lonely Planet Writer

On your bike, mate! This very cool bicycle museum is attracting tourists to Pittsburgh

Tourists are flocking to see the largest and most colourful bicycle museum in the world, which is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the US.

Bicycle Heaven in Pittsburgh is attracting tourists from all over the world. Image: Bicycle Heaven
Bicycle Heaven in Pittsburgh is attracting tourists from all over the world. Image: Bicycle Heaven

Bicycle Heaven has 3500 bikes in its museum/store/repair shop, and nine out of ten people who visit are from out of town, according to owner Craig Morrow.

Bicycle Heaven in Pittsburgh is attracting tourists from all over the world. Image: Bicycle Heaven
Bicycle Heaven in Pittsburgh is attracting tourists from all over the world. Image: Bicycle Heaven

This has been undoubtedly helped by the colourful bicycle wonderland being named the number one museum in Pittsburgh on TripAdvisor.

 

The bikes at the wacky museum range from early wooden models to modern cutting-edge racers, and visitors enjoy reading about them and spotting legendary and unusual bikes. The museum also regularly holds events, which also attract a sea of visitors.

Bicycle Heaven in Pittsburgh is attracting tourists from all over the world. Image: Bicycle Heaven
Bicycle Heaven in Pittsburgh is attracting tourists from all over the world. Image: Bicycle Heaven

Rare treats include the Yellow Submarine Beatles bike and the Betty Boop special, which are just two of the museum’s most interesting attractions. The famous Pee-wee Herman bike and futuristic Bowden Spacelander, the first fibreglass bike ever made, are also highlights.

Bicycle Heaven in Pittsburgh is attracting tourists from all over the world. Image: Bicycle Heaven
Bicycle Heaven in Pittsburgh is attracting tourists from all over the world. Image: Bicycle Heaven

There is also plenty of kitsch and colourful memorabilia dotted around the place, plus stories designed to inform and entertain. No wonder it has been known to attract a couple of hundred people in one day.

Bicycle Heaven in Pittsburgh is attracting tourists from all over the world. Image: Bicycle Heaven
Bicycle Heaven in Pittsburgh is attracting tourists from all over the world. Image: Bicycle Heaven

Morrow started working with bikes 30 years ago, and he regularly attends bike shows to build up his extensive collection.

Bicycle Heaven in Pittsburgh is attracting tourists from all over the world. Image: Bicycle Heaven
Bicycle Heaven in Pittsburgh is attracting tourists from all over the world. Image: Bicycle Heaven

Entrance to the museum is free and it is open to the public seven days per week. See further information here.