Arts & Culture

Dedicated to the Ride: The Haas Moto Museum

A motorcycle experience for novices and gearheads alike.

David C Justin
Posted on Mar 13, 2019

Nestled deep down in the Design District is one of the best kept secrets of the Dallas museum scene: The Haas Moto Museum & Sculpture Gallery.

Opened in April 2018 and featuring 132 vintage, racing and custom motorcycles spanning 120 years of production, the 20,000-square foot facility showcases some of the rarest bikes in history.

The museum, founded by Dallas financier and National Geographic photographer Robert B. Haas, (known by everyone as just 'Bobby') is broken into four distinct sections with most bikes resting on custom platforms with mirrored bases so you can appreciate the entire machine.

History Hall gives you a walking tour of the history and evolution of motorcycles from around the world and through modern times. Each exhibit carries a story all on its own, from the first French motorbikes that were literally bicycles with gas motors attached to motorcycles designed for war, to a reproduction of the iconic Captain America chopper from the 1969 movie Easy Rider

In the Race Track, more than 100 years of racing bikes give you a rare glimpse into man's obsession with speed. From early racers by Peugeot and Indian to the modern rockets produced by Suter and Ducati, the raw power these bikes represent is both awe-inspiring and humbling.

The next room, Bobby's personal favorite, is the Sidecar Alcove. It features colorful bikes from around the world that blend function and design into beautiful three-wheeled machines that encourage companionship while you ride.

Finally, you'll enter the room where art and aesthetics merge with function to create one-of-a-kind machines seen nowhere else in the world. The Custom Shop is currently home to 34 unique custom-built bikes and prototypes that represent the best designers in the world, like Max Hazan and Craig Rodsmith. No other collection carries such an eclectic assortment of breathtaking motorcycles.

And if that wasn't enough, throughout the museum you'll find art deco racing posters and motorcycle-inspired metallic sculptures, as well as photographs from Bobby's time as an aerial photographer with National Geographic.

With a layout that gives each bike its own personal space and a knowledgeable staff that is happy to answer any questions you have, the Haas Moto Museum and Sculpture Gallery is a great experience for gearheads and the uninitiated alike.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students. Military, first responders and children under 12 get in free.