The Marin Museum of Bicycling is a nonprofit organization that educates the public and expands appreciation of bicycling through displays and programs on bicycle history and culture. As a bicycle cultural center, we promote bicycling as a way of life for fun, fitness, sustainability and sport.
The bicycle is the most efficient form of human transport ever devised. We believe that greater public appreciation of the bicycle’s rich history, both technical and social, will help expand cycling’s very promising role in the future.
The Marin Museum of Bicycling is a bicycle history museum and cultural center in Fairfax, California. We are a registered 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit, entirely volunteer-created and volunteer-run. The museum is the new home of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, which was founded in Crested Butte, Colorado in 1988. We have greatly expanded the Hall of Fame displays, to include numerous key examples in the evolution of the mountain bike. We also show the 19th century evolution of the bicycle itself, with the Igler Collection of “Golden Age” bicycles. These thoughtfully-chosen examples take visitors through the fascinating development of this extraordinary vehicle from the 1820s to the turn of the 20th century. We also have a diverse selection of bicycle accessory items, many of them part of the Matteo Collection of bikes and ephemera ranging from 1915 to the 1970s and we plan to create special, themed exhibits that will change throughout the year.
The Museum was founded by a team of dedicated, lifelong bicycle advocates: Joe Breeze, Otis Guy, Marc Vendetti, Julia Violich, Keith Hastings and Lena Estrella. This team has brought vast energy and experience in bicycling, design, fabrication, facilities, non-profit management, legal and retail to make it happen.
The Museum is located in a 3,000-square-foot facility in downtown Fairfax and had its Grand Opening on June 6, 2015. We plan to feature bicycle-oriented events including lectures, movies, and live TV coverage of cycling events. Our smaller screening room will seat up to 12, and our main hall will seat up to 90 people and can serve as a meeting place for bicycle clubs and enthusiasts and for lectures, films, private parties and more. Be sure to check out our EVENTS page and be sure to sign up for our news and announcements emails and our quarterly BikeMuse News so you don’t miss a thing.
Museum and Hall of Fame memberships are available now, for individuals, families and organizations and are a great way to support our efforts and be a part of our success. Members receive free museum admission, discounts for events and many other benefits.
Other ways you can support our efforts are through your donations, by volunteering your time and talents, and through participation in our fundraising drives such as our current Mt. Tamalpais Legacy Wall campaign. More information can be found on our GET INVOLVED page.
We very much enjoy greeting visitors to the museum and providing tours of the collections. Often, mountain bike pioneers are available to lead tours. Be sure to call ahead to check for docent availability and schedules and check out our PLAN YOUR VISIT page.
We look forward to seeing you soon at the Marin Museum of Bicycling and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame!