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The Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum

The Museum is a Progression of Transportation from the first bicycles, the Wright Brothers’ Bicycle Shop, and the Wright Flyer, exploring Monroe County’s rich aviation history, and into outer space with Mercury 7, Astronaut Donald Kent “Deke” Slayton

The museum in part is a memorial to Donald “Deke” Slayton – an astronaut and NASA administrator who grew up on a farm outside of Sparta, WI. There are numerous artifacts on display including several of Deke’s personal items such as, his Mercury Spacesuit and even a Moon Rock! 

The museum also recognizes that Sparta is the Bicycle Capital of America. There are over 200 Bicycle exhibits, from the very lst bicycle to modern day bicycles,  including some driven by famous people.   Exhibits  trace the evolution of the bicycle throughout American history.

 Note: The historic 7 person tandem bike has been taken out of storage and will be refurbished and again be making appearances in local parades.

The Museum is located at: 200 W. Main Street Sparta, WI 54656

Members receive free admission

 Phone: 608-269 0033 or email:   

Open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 4:30 

Closed Sundays

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New 2014 Events Posted

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 The Museum is a partner of the Blue Star Museums

which provides free admission to Active  Duty Military Personnel , including National Guard & Reserve Military and their families.  Offer good between Memorial Day and Labor Day



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