When it comes to seeing some cool vintage motorcycles, the last place one might think of is Forest Lawn. Somewhere normally known as a beautiful haven of eternal rest, Forest Lawn in Glendale has a large museum that features changing exhibitions.
Vroom: The Art of the Motorcycle, which runs until January 2015, features an amazing collection of vintage bikes, helmets, posters, artwork and other ephemera related to the world of two-wheeled transportation and racing.
The Vroom exhibition gives visitors a full overview of the history of the motorcycle with a great selection of vintage bikes on display. The walls are filled with posters, advertising materials and original artwork and the bikes are joined by sculptures. There are three large rooms filled with things to see and explore.
There is a lot of original artwork and many great photographs, both featuring the work of many local artists. In a separate room, the museum has a wonderful collection of Western bronzes, along with classical paintings and stained glass windows. The Forest Lawn museum was first opened in 1957 and is the home of a large permanent collection of artwork. The museum rotates pieces in and out and these are complimented by the changing thematic exhibitions.
Forest Lawn is minutes from Hollywood in Glendale, near the intersection of Los Feliz Blvd. and San Fernando Road at 1712 South Glendale Avenue. Parking is free, as is admission to the museum. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. The museum is at the top of a hill, offering great views of Glendale and Burbank below.