This weekend is the grand opening of the Evel Knievel Museum in Topeka, Kansas. All I can say about this is it’s about time.
There’s nothing for me to say regarding the legendary stunt rider and American hero and that hasn’t been said already. But I will say the museum is well deserved. He entertained untold millions worldwide with his death-defying stunts and his larger than life character.
Growing up, we all knew who Evel Knievel was. Who among us did not have that windup toy motorcycle that would zoom across the living room floor? How many times did you find a piece of plywood and a cinder block in the backyard and with your makeshift ramp, you and your friends tried to recreate all his famous stunts?
Kids were in awe of him, men wanted to be him, and women, well… you can figure that out on your own. Fact is, Evel Knievel was a household name then and now. The fascination with Evel has proven to survive the test of time, and just like the museum, that is also well deserved.
A few months ago I saw the “Being Evel” documentary and blogged about it. The documentary was directed by Daniel Junge and Johnny Knoxville was one of the producers. It’s definitely worth watching just as the museum is worth visiting.
The museum which is approved by the family and was a dream of Evel himself. The museum was founded by Mike Patterson, next to his Harley Davidson dealership.
The museum has everything from replica bikes, Evel’s x-rays, plenty of movie and video clips, photographs, even interactive displays such as a virtual reality jump over sixteen cars.
Rates for adults are $20, students between the ages of eight through sixteen get in for $10, and children under seven get in free. Guided tours are also available, and the virtual reality jump costs $5.
Wear your red, white, and blue and enjoy yourself.
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