Velorama National Bicycle Museum

Velorama National Bicycle Museum, Nijmegen: Hours, Address, Velorama National Bicycle Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Velorama National Bicycle Museum

Velorama National Bicycle Museum
4.5
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
11:00 - 17:00
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Neighbourhood: Benedenstad
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4.5
102 reviews
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Carla C
Rotterdam, The Netherlands149 contributions
Must see!
Jun 2021
Interesting display from all kinds of bikes throughout history.
If you like bikes, this is certainly a must-do.
Highly recommended!
Written 30 August 2021
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cregg zehnle
1 contribution
plans for antique bicyle
May 2020
Do you still have plans for the wooden Kirkpatric MacMillian byicle to obtain? I am interested in bulding a reproduction model. Thanks Cregg
Written 18 May 2020
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Steve D
Enschede, The Netherlands1,375 contributions
Nice Visit
Jun 2019 • Couples
We went here for a quick see. It has lots of interesting bikes from lots of different times. Very interesting.
Written 18 June 2019
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Peter T
Nijmegen, The Netherlands318 contributions
Fabulous museum
Dec 2018 • Couples
Velorama is an amazingly nice museum. It shows a perfect history of the worlds bicycles. From the absolute beginning to all steps in between till our modern bikes.

It is a total eyeopener and very interesting how long took to invent all the details of our modern bike. And some steps are really clever and amazing discoveries.

The museum is very very organized, spread out over three floors and one walks in an hour or so through the total exhibiton.

Very very worthwhile.
Written 19 March 2019
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Laurylau-p
Eindhoven, The Netherlands808 contributions
So many bicycles
Nov 2018 • Couples
Interesting museum with so many bicycles / objects from all around the world. The price of the ticket is cheap.
Written 24 January 2019
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Chris L
Salt Lake City, UT132 contributions
It's amazing how long it took to go from walking bikes to what is recognisably a modern bicycle
Apr 2018 • Couples
I think it's been said that there are three bicycles in the Netherlands per head of population so it seems natural that there is a national bicycle museum.
Velorama has quite a small footprint and is spread across three floors with a tight spiral staircase (no elevator) between them.
You'll find an eclectic collection of bikes going back to the earliest "walking models" (a pair wheels and a seat, where you 'paddle' the ground, through the penny-farthing types and all the way up to modern bikes.
Of surprise were the sheer number of variations, combinations and permutations that were tried before we humans finally ended up on the design we all recognise as a modern bicycle.
For example these new exercise scooters you see nowadays - where it's a cross between an elliptical exercise machine and a scooter ? Not new - dates back to the 1800's.
At one point, bicycles had three different-sized wheels .....and there's a couple of examples of those to be found here too.
There's a good sprinkling of Gazelle bikes but I noted no Batavus, which is strange given how popular both those Dutch brands are.

A couple of fun points to note:
(1) Around the outside of the museum are little display cases with all sorts of accessories and historical items. Of particular note are the cases with all the old dynamo-powered bike lights - something kids in the 70's and 80's simultaneously loved and hated
(2) The toilets are not marked with male/female, or man / woman symbols, but rather they use pictures of male and female bicycle frames. If you didn't know there was a difference, you do now.

There is a tiny cafe in the back with basic snacks and drinks and some cosy little tables.

The museum won't take more than 90 minutes of your time but it will be an
educational 90 minutes.
Written 24 April 2018
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Amplegirl
Rochester, UK63 contributions
Wonderful collection
Aug 2017
There is a wonderful collection of a variety or different bicycles from all over the world spread over three floors.

There is also a display of bicycle lamps from over the years.

There is a cafe which has old silent movies which is worth a stop at if you have time.

Will worth a stop for anyone interested in cycling
Written 8 January 2018
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Chris L
7 contributions
A fascinating collection of early cycles
Dec 2017 • Couples
This museum covers the period from the very earliest velocipedes up to mainly the 1930's. There are a few cycles after that point, but not many. But this helps with the depth of the look at the stages of development - with plenty of different examples to give a real feel for the variety of early cycles and the stages of development that were gone through.

The cycles are all labelled, so you know where they were made and when, and what type of cycle. If you go in a group, there is a cafe on the ground floor of the museum for group members who finish looking around earlier - useful if you have varying levels of interest in old cycles in the group. The museum will be interesting even for people with only a passing interest in bikes though.
Written 3 January 2018
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Geert H
Millingen aan de Rijn, The Netherlands29 contributions
Beautiful
Nov 2016 • Couples
In a country that's generally overrun by bicyclists one has to jump in a bicycle museum :)
Positively surprised!
It is a small building with several floors full off exhibited bicycles of different times. The route and timeline is clear and there are truly some fascinating pieces to lay your eyes on.
Drop in and enjoy!
Written 21 October 2017
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GaiusMagnus
Doncaster, UK189 contributions
A real jewel
Sep 2017 • Friends
We cycled here from Arnhem. It was really worthwhile. The whole history of cycling is here with stunning examples, many, many of them, of the history of the bicycle. It is a quiet museum and you can really take your time looking at some of the incredible engineering on display.

It is down on the riverside and do not be put off by the building works taking place beside it - it is still open.
Do not miss this gem.
Written 15 September 2017
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