Bikabout.com has curated this list of museums because they roll out the red carpet for people biking, they are located along a scenic and comfortable route or they're just cultural landmarks not to be missed via two wheels or otherwise. Locations include Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, New York, San Francisco and Vancouver.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts earns the first spot on our list because of their summertime "Third Thursday: Bike Night" series in which folks can ride through the breezeway entrance into Target Park, hitch their steed in ample bike parking and get a slew of FREEbies including museum entrance. Local breweries are on site, too, so toast a cold one with members of the biking and arts community, alike!
"Bicycle racks are available at the MIA’s entrance on Third Avenue, and on the first level of the 25th Street parking ramp. The MIA is located near the MCAD Nice Ride station." -new.artsmia.org/
MMOCA is located on carfree State Street in downtown Madison, providing a relaxing and convenient biking destination. In January 2015, the museum hosted a bike themed, museum fundraiser called Art Velo to support FREE admission to this beautiful museum. Make sure to grab a glass of wine and take in the gorgeous views on the roofdeck garden at Fresco Restaurant. And for date night ideas, the museum hosts Rooftop Cinema under the summer stars and Spotlight Cinema is the indoor counterpart during the fall.
Ample sidewalk bike racks line both State and Johnson Streets.
New York City, NY
The MET is located in Central Park, one of the best places to ride casually in NYC.
"Bicycle racks are provided inside the garage for use during regular Museum hours only at a cost of $15 per day" - MET website. Bikabout hopes that the MET will consider FREE parking for bikes, sponsoring a CitiBike station and include website info for public bike racks.
San Francisco, CA
The Walt Disney Family Museum sits in the shadow of biking bucket list landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge. Take advantage of the Presidio's safe and connected bike paths to the bridge to soak in the bridge's view and then come back to tour the museum.
"Bicycle parking is located on the south side of the building, left of the main entrance. Bicycle locks are not supplied by the museum.
Bike Link provides on-demand, secure bike parking at the nearby Presidio Transit Center (215 Lincoln Boulevard, next to the U.S. Post Office parking lot). The eight secure electronic bike lockers available for use on an hourly basis. Click here for details" -www.waltdisney.org/drive-bus-bike
The Brooklyn Museum abuts Prospect Park, home to great protected bike lanes and park paths.
"Park your bicycle in the rack behind the building, next to the sculpture garden" -brooklynmuseum.org
Milwaukee's shoreline on Lake Michigan is packed with scenic bike paths including the Oak Leaf Trail. The art museum, designed by Calatrava, is a beacon of starchitecture calling you to stop and admire its nautical shape.
"Bike racks are available on the Museum grounds. The Oak Leaf bike trail passes right alongside the Museum" -mam.org/
The Adler takes the cake for providing the most scenic biking destination on this list with a route along Chicago's Lakefront Path. You will want to bring a picnic lunch because the Adler's lawn looks out at a breathtaking skyline and Lake Michigan.
A bike rack and Divvy bike share station is located conveniently in front of the planetarium.
New Bremen, OH
Although New Bremen's bike infrastructure is limited to a 3 mile Miami Erie Canal Trail, we couldn't leave out the city's Bicycle Museum of America. Not only is it home to 1000 bikes on rotation, but one of those bikes is PeeWee's famous Schwinn!
No information online.
Science World earns the "hat trick" of bikeability: scenic and comfortable paths, ample bike parking (with artistic racks) and interactive scapes (kinetic ball sculpture) that don't require admission to enjoy. But, if you have kiddos, we highly recommend paying for admission in this learning environment.
"We are only five minutes away from downtown Vancouver and conveniently located along the beautiful False Creek seawall walking and biking path" -scienceworld.ca. Bike racks are located in front of the main entrance.