The UCI Road World Championships start this weekend, and Richmond is in full on cycling fever. Some out of town visitors are already arriving in town to take part in the festivities. If you’ve got a passion for cycling and just watching the races isn’t enough for you, the museums of RVA have you covered. Whatever you’re looking for, one of these bicycle museum exhibits is sure to please you.
Bikes: Science on Two Wheels
The Science Museum of Virginia is always a great educational destination. Now through September 27th you can take in their exhibit on the science and evolution of the bicycle. Want to know more about predecessors to the modern bicycle with names like “Boneshaker?” I know I do! After you get all the Science on Two Wheels you can stand, swing by the planetarium for a Cosmic Expedition for that extra “wow” factor.
In Gear: Richmond Cycles
You can always count on the Valentine Museum for great historical exhibits with a local focus. If you want to know more about the history of cycling in Richmond, In Gear: Richmond Cycles is the exhibit for you. In Gear explores how Richmonders have cycled from the 19th century through the present day. This exhibit is open through January 3rd. There will also be special extended hours at the museum during race days. And while you’re there, don’t forget to check out the Beard Wars photography exhibit as well.
Balance In Motion: The Evolution of Cycling in America
If that’s not enough history for you, head on over to the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design. This exhibition explores the history of bicycles in the U.S. starting with the centennial in Philadelphia in 1876. Learn about the first U.S. bicycle factory right on through to the first titanium bike, and even how bicycles have been used in courting. Balance in Motion is open through October 18.
Maybe you’re more interested in the beauty and grace of the bicycle than the science or history. Worry not, friend, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is here for you. ArtCycle is a “participatory exhibition” located in VMFA’s Memorial Foundation for Teaching Gallery. The exhibition invites guests to see how bicycles have inspired artists and to be inspired themselves in this interactive space. ArtCycle is open now.
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