Topeka’s Evel Knievel Museum to show virtual jumps, physics

A Topeka man is creating a museum honoring daredevil Evel Knieval. Mike Patters says the museum could draw 100,000 people each year.

** FILE**Daredevil motorcyclist Evel Knievel poses at the open-air Canadian national exhibition stadium in Toronto, Canada, in an Aug. 20, 1974 file photo. Knievel never denied his scrapes with the law _ the late motorcycle daredevil often reveled in them. But even he objected to a 1970s FBI investigation of whether he was involved in a string of beatings. According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, the federal government came close to charging Knievel, who in turn threatened to sue the FBI for alleging he was connected to a crime syndicate. Neither followed through. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The man who is creating a museum honoring daredevil Evel Knievel in Topeka says he expects it be a big draw.

Mike Patterson owns a Topeka Harley-Davidson dealership, which is being expanded to include a 16,000-square-foot area to house the museum.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Patterson is projecting the museum will draw 100,000 people a year. He says a two-month Knievel exhibit in Milwaukee drew 50,000 people from around the world.

Patterson says several exhibits will incorporate science, technology, engineering and math education. For example, one exhibit will detail the physics of planning one of Knievel’s jumps. Another will allow visitors to sit on a bike and create a virtual reality jump.

The museum is expected to open sometime this year.

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