As 2013 marks Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary, this year’s H-D lineup will have a special ode to the occasion, just like past anniversary models. To commemorate this event, the Harley-Davidson Museum is giving visitors a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the design and planning process that supports its legendary anniversary celebrations in its latest exhibit, Designing a Celebration, opening Friday, Jan. 18.

Many folks take for granted the undertaking of creating an anniversary-themed bike. “The visual treatments created for our anniversary celebrations evoke excitement in our customers as they join us in commemorating these great milestones,” said Bill Davidson, vice president of the Harley-Davidson Museum. “The Designing a Celebration exhibit gives visitors a glimpse into the attention to detail our Styling team takes to create the images and logos that appear on our motorcycles and special apparel, including the designs for our upcoming 110th anniversary.”

The exhibit will feature photos, artifacts and stories, narrating Harley-Davidson’s history. Sketches and renderings showing the development of anniversary logos, displays demonstrating the unique manufacturing processes used to create the special anniversary parts, and examples of the limited-edition anniversary motorcycles will all be available for viewing.

Designing a Celebration will be on display through Labor Day weekend at the Harley-Davidson Museum. The exhibit is located in the main Museum building and is included with the purchase of general Museum admission. For more information, visit