Welcome to Wheels Through Time

Wheels Though Time Museum is the home to the worlds premier collection of rare American motorcycles, memorabilia and a distinct array of unique “one off” American automobiles.  Located just 5 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Maggie Valley, North Carolina the museum houses a collection of over 350 rare machines, comprised of 25 makes including Harley Davidson, Indian, Excelsior, Henderson and the famous Flying Merkel. Rare oddities such as the world’s rarest motorcycle, the Traub are exhibited in truly unique displays. Hill climbing machines, board track racers, and dirt track racers are glorified within the 40 thousand square foot museum facility.

More About Us

On July 4th, 2002 the new Wheels Through Time Museum became a reality when it opened its 38,000 square foot facility in Maggie Valley, NC. Now in its 15th year of operation, the facility features one of the world’s premier collections of Vintage American Transporation, guiding visitors through the evolution of American motorcycling and automotive history.  The museum has attracted worldwide media attention and brought hundreds of thousands of visitors to Maggie Valley, North Carolina from all over the globe.

Many visitors consider the displays equally as interesting as the rare machines within. The museum layout is more than a timeline of machines. It has the feel of an old garage, but is touched by relevant artwork of the era and houses precious items of memorabilia by the thousands. The museum is literally a cornucopia of American history.

The automobile collection is equally as interesting as the 2 wheel marvels.  A pair of 32 roadsters, Packard and Lincoln from the classic era are surrounded by distinctive one off” autos such as the 1949 Veritas and the massive 1915 Locomobile built during the gilded age of American history.

The collection was started by Museum founder Dale Walksler in 1969 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. In 1977 the collection moved to Mt. Vernon Illinois where it was housed at the Harley Davidson dealership founded by Dale.  As the collection matured it became obvious the potential for a true museum was at hand. In 2002 the collection moved to it present location in Maggie Valley, N.C. A new 501c3 not for profit status was attained, and Wheels Through Time was on its way to preserving forever a most unique aspect of our American history.

What’s New

Wheels Through Time Opens Its Doors For The 2017 Season!

Wheels Through Time Opens Its Doors For The 2017 Season!

A beautiful sun shining day brought over a thousand visitors to the museum with two and four wheelers alike. It was a day of discovery for all. Repeat visitors discovered the new sign that graces our entrance. New displays, new exhibits, and new machines complimented...

read more
2017 Season – New Bikes, New Exhibits, New Fun!

2017 Season – New Bikes, New Exhibits, New Fun!

Happy New Year and thank you to all of our friends, supporters, and enthusiasts!   Visitors from every state and over 50 countries around the world who made a trip to Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley, North Carolina in the 2016 season.  2017 promises to be an...

read more

The American Restoration Chronicles

In 2015  The History channel introduced itself to Wheels Through Time seeking Dale Walksler as restoration talent on the already successful reality series American Restoration. Although this new series lasted only one year, Dale put a team together that included Wheels Through Time Board Member and historian Bob White and all around genius mechanic John Gustofson. This trio spent most of the summer of 2015 and some of 2016 to produce these popular shows that showcased the talent, history, and dedication by all involved here at Wheels Through Time.
The following chronicles will give the reader just a little bit of behind the behind the scenes activities that certainly were not scripted.If you enjoyed American Restoration, we have no doubt that you will love Dale’s Channel!  See two new shows per week and gain access to over 350 shows that Dale and the crew produced over the last 10 years!

Mr. Lucky Meets Basil

Mr. Lucky Meets Basil

  I will never forget meeting Basil. A gentleman in all manners. I spotted him in deep concentration looking at a machine that is very close to my heart. The bike is called Mina. An attention to detail tribute to my mother who passed away, well, a long time ago....

read more
Wall of Death

Wall of Death

  I met my old pal Kent Wadell in 1978 at a Harley Davidson dealer convention. I was 26, and old Kent was in his 60’s. I was a dealer in MT Vernon, Illinois and Kent’s shop was in Abeline Texas… We somehow struck up a conversation about old motorcycles and a...

read more
Clara Wagner Lives

Clara Wagner Lives

  My fascination with the Wagner Motorcycle goes back to about 1980 when I saw one at my old pal Chuck Lipskys shop in Galesburg, Illinois. It was 1994 before I found a nice original 1909 model Wagner at an auction. I still own that machine and have always been...

read more
Teresa’s 46 Knucklehead

Teresa’s 46 Knucklehead

The Wheels Through Time Museum is a melting pot for motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world. Great stories are told, memories relived and sometimes deals are made. I made a deal with Jim Bentley to work on a 1946 Harley-Davidson. He told me the fascinating story...

read more
Two Cam Glory

Two Cam Glory

  I always like a challenge and this is a great example. A worn out bike and 45 days! But this is not the first time Buzz has thrown me a challenge. I almost can’t count, but the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is always a great finish and some ink in...

read more

Admission, Hours, and Location

2017 Museum Operating Schedule
Open: Thursday-Monday
Hours: 9:00am -5:00pm
*Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

Admission covers a one day experience at Wheels Through Time.
Adults: $15
Seniors: $12
Kids: $7
*Admission does include the 7% N.C. sales tax.

Contact Us

62 Vintage Lane
Maggie Valley, North Carolina 28751
GPS: Latitude: 35.513718 // Longitude: -83.076945
Tel: (828) 926-6266
Email: info@wheelsthroughtime.com

Admission, Hours, and Location

2017 Museum Operating Schedule
Open: Thursday-Monday
Hours: 9:00am -5:00pm
*Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

Admission covers a one day experience at Wheels Through Time.
Adults: $15
Seniors: $12
Kids: $7
*Admission does include the 7% N.C. sales tax.

Contact Us

62 Vintage Lane
Maggie Valley, North Carolina 28751
GPS: Latitude: 35.513718 // Longitude: -83.076945
Tel: (828) 926-6266
Email: info@wheelsthroughtime.com

Museum Photography Policy

To Protect the objects being photographed, and for the safety of other visitors, there are certain guidelines that must be followed when photographing at the Wheels Through Time Museum.  Photography must be conducted without disruption to the museum operations, and without limiting the accessibility of exhibitions, entrances/exits, doorways, pathways and high traffic areas.

Do not climb, lean, or sit on any exhibits.  Do not place props or equipment on the exhibits.  Flash photography, tripods, monopods (including “selfie sticks”) and other photography equipment are NOT permitted in the galleries.

Photography is permitted for private, non-commercial use only. Photographs may NOT be published, sold, reproduced, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner.

The Wheels Through Time Museum will sweep you back in time with its magnificent presentation of vintage all-American motorcycles and automobiles.