Marshall “Major” Taylor Exhibit

Posted on 02/28/2022

Discover the life and career of champion bicycle racer and Indianapolis native Marshall “Major” Taylor. In this interactive experience, venture into the training room to learn how Taylor developed his speed and agility through a strict regimen of exercise and diet. Discover the pervasive racism that Taylor battled – from his competitors and in his hometown – and hear from great contemporary cyclists about how Taylor’s story has inspired a new generation of Black riders. See Taylor’s bicycle and many artifacts from the museum collection donated by his daughter Rita Sydney Taylor Brown, plus learn about bicycle safety and design, tinker with bikes and bike parts, test their skills and times on stationary bikes and more.

Get hands-on with bicycle mechanics in the Bike Shop. Build your own bike then test it on the Test Track. Take a quiz to find out: if you were a bike, what kind would you be? Learn how to change a flat tire. Race Major Taylor’s world-record times as you pedal on a stationary bike.