Plan your visit
Planning a visit? You’re in for a treat! We have a fascinating collection of bikes spanning almost 200 years, and we specialize in a rich visitor experience. Our bike displays include texts and photographs that provide a wealth of information. We are usually able to give tours of the collections led by knowledgeable docents, some of whom are Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Inductees. If you would like a tour, please be sure to call ahead to check for docent availability and schedules. Plan about an hour for a tour, more if you have specific areas of interest that you would like to explore. Whether you’re a cyclist or not, you’re sure to gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for the bicycle and its amazing history and potential.
We have a growing library of cycling-related books, magazines, photos and other ephemera that our visitors are free to browse through, and an area for rest and reading. Our screening room shows a variety of cycling-related programming throughout the day and we have a large menu of specialty videos. We also have some vintage mountain bike multi-player video games. Outside in front of the museum is a covered eating area for museum visitors. Our gift shop includes T-shirts, books, cards and more.
Fairfax itself is worth the visit. You’ll find it hard to believe how a place could be so different, yet only 45 minutes away from the Big City. Fairfax is like traveling back in time with a simpler, slower, friendlier pace. It’s a wonderfully walkable town, offering many great restaurants, shops and coffee houses with a refreshing small-town feel (pop. 7500). We have one of the world’s best grocery stores, Good Earth Natural Foods—just down the street with everything you could imagine for the ultimate picnic. You won’t find any chain stores here. Each Fairfax shop is unique and locally owned.
We look forward to seeing you soon in Fairfax at the Marin Museum of Bicycling and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame!
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS AND EARLY CLOSINGS
* FEBRUARY 4th, 2017. SFBC ride to museum has been postponed due to rainy weather. Stay tuned for announcement about a future date.
* FEBRUARY 17th, 2017. Slide Show by artist J. Nick Taylor, creator of the giant mountain bike sculpture, the “Ibis Maximus” on display in front of the museum.
* APRIL 6th, 2017. Museum closed all day for a private event.
- Hold your next special event at the museum! Check our Event Rentals page for more info.
We are located at: 1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax, CA 94930
(Scroll down for map and directions)
- Open: THURSDAY—SUNDAY 11am-5pm (closed Mon-Wed)
- Closed: Mondays—Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day (24 November 2016) and Christmas weekend (24 & 25 December 2016).
Private & Group Tours by appointment. Please contact us for details.
Seniors (65+), Military & Disabled (specially-abled!) $8
Youths (12-17) & Students $5
Children (6-11) $3
Children 5 & under, Museum Members & Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Inductees: FREE
Would you like free admission? Click here to become a member! Note: You may also apply your day-of-visit admission fees towards your membership, when you purchase your membership during your visit.
100 Admissions/Front Desk
101 Gift Shop, Lena Maria Estrella
103 Administration & Membership Services, Marc Vendetti
105 Event Space Rentals, Private & Group Tours & Corporate Donations, Marc Vendetti
106 Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, Otis Guy
If you would like to email any of our staff, please click here to go to our Contact Us page.
We encourage everyone to ride their bike, take public transit or carpool to visit us.
Car Parking: Onsite parking is available at no charge for museum visitors during your visit.
Bike Parking: We have secure, highly visible bike racks just steps from our main entrance and complimentary U-locks for your use during your visit.
Public Transit: Use the handy 511.org website to plan your trip.
Golden Gate Ferry: Perhaps the ultimate way to visit from San Francisco is to take the ferry to Larkspur Landing with your bike and ride the rest of the way to the museum in Fairfax. The ride is easy and incredibly beautiful. Click for Schedule.
Pets: We love animals too, but we cannot allow them inside the museum during regular hours. Bona-fide service animals are of course the exception. We would be glad to make your pet comfortable with water and some shade outside. Please be careful—especially when it’s hot—and don’t leave your pal in the car for extended periods of time during the heat of the day.
Directions from Northbound or Southbound Hwy 101 or from Hwy 580 from the East Bay:
(We are a 45 minute drive North across the Golden Gate Bridge from downtown San Francisco, about 21 miles)
Set your GPS or map app to navigate to: 1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax, CA 94930
For those without a GPS:
• Head towards San Rafael, CA.
• Take the main Downtown San Rafael exit.
• Turn West onto 3rd St. (one-way street) towards Pt. Reyes National Seashore
• Stay on 3rd St. as it changes names into 2nd, 4th and finally Red Hill Ave. (you’re still on the same road!)
• At 2.5 miles from the San Rafael exit, stay in the right lane as you approach a very large 4-way intersection called “The Hub” in the town of San Anselmo. At the intersection, turn right onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd. (Note: While in “The Hub” intersection, marvel at the majestic view of Mt. Tamalpais to the South!)
• Stay heading West towards Fairfax on Sir Francis Drake Blvd for 1.5 miles further and turn right at the stop light onto Claus Drive in Fairfax. You will see the museum at this point. We are on the corner of Claus Drive and Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Pull into our parking lot—we have free parking for museum visitors. You have arrived!
Fairfax is a wonderful town to explore. Visit our About Fairfax page for more information and learn why we chose Fairfax for the museum. There are a great many sights, sounds, tales, trails and ales to enjoy during your visit!