At the Deke Slayton Museum we are a “Progression of Transportation” with artifacts ranging from bicycles to planes to space memorabilia. Sparta is the bicycling capital of America, having one of the earliest “Rails to Trails” programs in the country in which old railroad tacks were converted into bicycle trails. The museum has over 100 bicycles on display that span the history of bicycling throughout the centuries. There is also a strong aviation interest in Monroe County; we have dozens of model planes for you to see including a model of the Wright Brother’s first plane, and a real 1932 Pietenpol airplane hanging from the ceiling of the museum gallery. Our collection of space memorabilia includes artifacts from Sparta native Deke Slayton who was one of America’s first astronauts, part of the Mercury 7 group which was formed in 1959. We also have a real piece of moon rock on loan from NASA, it is the only one on display in the entire state of Wisconsin! So please stop by the museum and check out our unique collection today!