More than a century of two-wheeled history will roll out to the public this Friday as part of a new exhibit at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.
Titled “Missoula, MT — The Bicycle Town,” the new exhibit in the North Gallery “explores the history of cycling in Missoula from inspiring long-distance races to local bike shops,” according to a statement from the county-owned museum. The exhibit will open for the first time Friday.
After that, it will be open during normal museum hours: noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Entry is free to everyone on opening day. Normally, Missoula County residents, museum members and children younger than 6 can visit the museum for free. Otherwise, admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for students. Admission is capped at $10 total per family.
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And, a free public reception at the exhibit will be held 5:30–7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19.
With the advent of the bicycle in the late 1800s, the museum stated, “It didn’t take long for this craze to reach Missoula, where the first bike shop opened its doors in the 1890s.” The craze never