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Hands-on Harley Davidson Exhibit Opens at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (May 1, 2017)   Hit the road with America’s most iconic and beloved motorcycle in Hands-On Harley-Davidson™   an interactive exhibit that rolls into Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on May 20, 2017, as part of a national tour. Explore a kid-sized engineering lab and motorcycle dealership, and use science, technology, engineering, and math concepts to dream up a bike design, build a prototype, and take it for a test drive.

Be a design engineer and learn how acceleration, speed, friction, gravity, and other laws of physics affect a motorcycle in motion at the Jump Track, Loop Track, Half-Pipe, and Roller Coaster. Use a series of ramps, jumps, and curves to build a custom test track and conduct experiments to see what happens when a rider throttles, leans into a curve, or descends a mountain road.

In the dealership, learn about engine parts and how they work together to create a smooth and safe ride. Step into one of the bays and work with friends and family to create a custom motorcycle based on the classic Harley-Davidson Road King® using interchangeable motor parts and accessories, including mufflers, seats, saddle bags, and mirrors. Add style with magnetic flames, Harley-Davidson logos, and a personalized license plate. Rev the engine to give the custom bike a test!

Gear up with a vest and helmet and learn about the protective equipment that keeps riders safe, dry and warm. Select from interactive videos to have a first-person riding experience that includes United States and international touring routes. Working turn signals, audio and wind effects, and a throttle that controls the speed of the ride complete the experience. Map challenges on a nearby computer to track fuel, exhaust, and other systems to ensure a safe trip. And don’t miss a chance to join the service department as you role play with costumes and videos, learn about traffic safety and hand-signals with the help of a screen where you can see yourself in action.

Locally sponsored by the PPG Foundation and Three Rivers Harley-Davidson, Hands-On Harley-Davidson™ will be open for play through September 10, 2017.

Hands-On Harley-Davidson™ was created in Milwaukee by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration with Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Hands-On Harley-Davidson and Harley-Davidson® are trademarks of H-D and are used with permission. © 2017 H-D. All rights reserved.

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is open Monday–Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is $14 for children 2-18 and senior citizens, $16 for adults; children under two are free. The Museum is located on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side at 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. For more information, please call (412) 322-5058 or visit the Museum website

About Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh s a place that delights and inspires children, where they can take off on fantastic flights of imagination daily, and return to earth to splash in a river, hammer a nail and ink a silkscreen. With 80,000 square feet of space the Museum welcomes more than 302,500 visitors annually and provides tons of fun and loads of “real stuff” experiences for play and learning. Permanent hands-on, interactive exhibit areas at the Museum include The Studio, Theater, Waterplay, Attic, Nursery, Backyard and MAKESHOP®. The Museum’s award-winning, three-story, center building is screened by a shimmering wind Sculpture and connects two historic structures (Allegheny Post Office Building & the Buhl Building). In 2006 the Museum became a certified green building and was honored by the American Institute for Architects and the National Historic Preservation Trust. In 2015 Parents Magazine named the Museum one of the nation’s fifteen top children’s museums .and in 2017 the Children’s Museum was Voted One of the Nation’s Ten Best Museums for Families in USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice Contest for Best Museum for Families in America.