Evel Knievel Museum gets ready to make its first jump into opening day

Published: May. 3, 2016 at 3:14 PM CDT
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The Historic Harley Davidson of Topeka is about to a little more daring.

Shawnee County Commissioners got a sneak peek Tuesday of the new Evel Knievel Museum that will be housed at the Harley Davidson site at 21st and Topeka Blvd.

Visit Topeka announced the museum was coming to Topeka in July 2015 and would be the home to the daredevil’s performance leathers, jump bikes and other memorabilia. But, as the display was being built, the concept of the museum also changed.

“It’s going to be more interactive displays where you get to experience some of what Evel experienced,” said Mike Patterson, owner, Historic Harley Davidson.

The Harley Davidson site is undergoing at 13,000 square foot expansion to make room for the museum that Patterson hopes will appeal to everyone of all ages.

“There will be some education opportunities for kids and even adults,” he said. “[They] might find out some cool things about how the physics of a jump happen, how a rocket can be powered by steam.”

The museum is on pace to open at the end of 2016.