Lowriders Exhibit at the Longmont Museum

The Longmont Museum features Lowriders: Cars & Culture through May 14, 2017

Lowriders are very popular in Colorado (Longmont is home to over 200) and have a rich history. A lowrider is a vehicle that has hydraulic jacks that allow the chassis to be lowered to near ground level, hence the name. This exhibition will give visitors a behind-the-scenes view of how these rolling works of art are created.

Longmont Museum Curator Jared Thompson watches as a 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe is loaded into the Museum in preparation for the new exhibition, Lowriders: Cars & Culture, opening Saturday, Sept. 17.
Longmont Museum Curator Jared Thompson watches as a 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe is loaded into the Museum in preparation for the new exhibition, Lowriders: Cars & Culture. 

From pinstriping to upholstery, hydraulics to wheels, visitors will discover the varied skills needed to craft these beauties. The exhibit will feature cars, custom bicycles, pinstriping and upholstery examples, old-school military hydraulics, vintage posters, magazines, and historic accessories all related to the lowrider scene.

For the exhibit opening, the museum will be hosting a Diez y Seis de Septiembre celebration (Mexican Independence Day is celebrated every year on September 16) on Saturday, Sept. 17 form noon-4 p.m. Admission is FREE, so bring the whole family to explore the new exhibit and enjoy a car show featuring 100 lowriders, live music, entertainment, and light food and drinks.

A restored 1948 Chevrolet Suburban in front of the Longmont Museum. This car and others will be part of the Museum’s new exhibition, Lowriders: Cars & Culture, opening Saturday, Sept. 17.
A restored 1948 Chevrolet Suburban in front of the Longmont Museum. This car and others will be part of the Museum’s new exhibition, Lowriders: Cars & Culture. 

Throughout the exhibition, the museum will offer Curator Conversations, tours of the exhibit with curator Jared Thompson, on Tuesdays at noon. There will be additional special events, and make sure to check out the Portal Gallery that also features lowriders artwork.

Admission for the exhibition is $8/Adults; $5 Students/Seniors (62+); FREE for Museum Members and Kids ages 3 and under. The second Saturday of each month is a FREE day at the Museum. For more information on this and other exhibits at the Longmont Museum, click here.

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