The National Motor Museum is closing its doors

Located in eastern Iowa in the small town of Anamosa, the National Motorcycle Museum is home to over 500 motorcycles, an amazing bike collection, and thousands of memorabilia. However, after 22 years at this location, the board of directors, led by chairman Jill Parham, has decided to close the museum later in 2023.

“We struggled for several years to cover wages and utilities, partly because of low attendance.” The museum is one of about six non-profit motorcycle museums in America and was founded in Iowa by J&P Cycles founders John and Jill Parham.

As befits non-profit closings, the museum employs professional counsel during the process. Owners of borrowed motorcycles have been contacted, motorcycles owned by the museum are being liquidated at auction to pay bills. A large part of the Parham collection will also be sold. To be notified of sales, visit the museum’s website and sign up for email, As this is the unfortunate end of a fine museum, we hope you make plans to visit again. The tentative closing date is September 5, 2023, giving visitors to Sturgis and the Blackhawk MC meet in Davenport a chance to stop by.