Harley-Davidson to open museum

If you hear the word “hog” and don’t automatically think of a farm and squealing pigs, then you’re probably long overdue for a trip to hog heaven. The Harley-Davidson headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has been home to the hearts of millions of motorcycle enthusiasts for decades but a new home will open this year.

Museum staff expect an annual attendance of 350,000 or more. The Milwaukee location, between Sixth and Canal Streets, easily houses the three-building, 130,000-square-foot homage to Harley. The development is planned with space for exhibits, a restaurant, café, retail space, meeting rooms, special events facilities and the company’s archives.

Future construction plans include an additional building with 100,000 square feet and office space for employees. Designs for this addition and a timeframe have not yet been made public.

Harley representatives haven’t released a grand opening date but the rumor mill predicts an opening by the 105th anniversary of Harley-Davidson in late August 2008.

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