Have you ever thought of a bicycle museum? Well, Brazilians have. Museu da Bicicleta in Joinville is exactly this.
Managed by the Cultural Foundation of Joinville, the management and administration body of Joinville municipality, the Bicycle Museum boasts an impressive collection of more than 16 million different items related to cycling and bicycles, as well as other exotic items. Created in 2000, the collection includes bicycles, spare parts, accessories, posters, photographs, catalogues, works of art, exotic, unusual bicycles exclusively designed to run along railway tracks (metric gauge), seals, phone cards, and the list may continue. Mixing together different items and accessories, this collection can be rightfully considered a post-modern replica of the surrealist chance meeting between an umbrella and sewing machine on an operating table. However, the main item on exhibit remains the bicycle. Having over 500 bicycle models from different golden ages of the bicycle on display, the museum’s collection is one of a kind.
The museum, which has undergone different improvements and reopened to the public in July 2008, is located in Monte Castelo Square, Joinville train station, Anita Garibaldi Neighborhood, in the southern area of the city.
If you need more convincing before stopping by, here’s what people who visited the Bicycle Museum say:
“It's very small, but it's free, well organized, clean and with a nice variety of different bikes! I really enjoyed it (especially since I didn't expect anything from it at first!). It's worth the visit!!” (Leleticiaa)
“For a bike lover, this is a wonderful place. It was really nice seeing that many bicycles and learning the history behind some of them.” (DZ)
“The bike museum was very interesting and has lots of unique bikes. The location of the museum is also very unique, in the Joinville train station, which is also worth a look." (MiniCoopMI)