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Winter Wheels: Motorcycle Exhibit Opens at Quad Cities Museum

The Putnam’s next exhibition is a ride through history on two wheels. Winter Wheels: Antique Motorcycle Exhibition will run from Nov. 13, 2021 to April 3, 2022. This original, community-curated exhibition features gleaming vintage, classic and antique motorcycles of all makes and models, all displayed at the Putnam Museum and Science Center, the Quad Cities’ Smithsonian Institution Affiliate.

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“From the beginning, Winter Wheels was meant as a celebration of the motorcycle by showcasing bikes of all shapes and sizes, and our community has not disappointed,” Putnam Vice President of Museum Experiences Benjamin Johnson said. “We are extremely excited to host this collaboratively curated exhibition of two-wheel history. Owners from across the Quad Cities and beyond have generously supported this exhibition, and we can’t wait to share this fun assortment of machines with our visitors.”

This exhibition features motorcycles loaned by motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the region. Limited-edition merchandise will also be available in the Putnam Museum Store. Visitors will walk away feeling an appreciation for the engineering, preservation and artistry of vintage motorcycles. 

“The new exhibit is a great example of what the Putnam does best — collaborating across our community and blending history, culture and technology to showcase these amazing machines,” Putnam President/CEO Rachael Mullins said. “We hope this exhibit will spark a passion in a new generation of motorheads!”


Exhibit admission is included in the price of general admission, which is $9 for adults, $8 for youth (ages 3 to 18), seniors, college students and military. Through the Putnam’s Museums for All program, admission is $1 per person for households with the presentation of an EBT card. Admission is free for members.

For more information, visit For groups, or to plan your visit, call (563) 324-1933.

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