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Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
Ranked #1 of 90 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: A motorcyclist's dream, this museum has 750 vintage and modern motorcycles displayed on walls, two-tiered platforms and just about everywhere you look. The bikes are displayed randomly, rather than by date and year, adding an element of unpredictability to the viewer's experience.
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“Must See”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

This place was really fun and interesting. Even if you aren’t into motorcycles, the design of this place is really impressive (and by the end of your visit, you will be more interested in motorcycles). They have very unique and innovative displays – one of my favorites was various racecar parts put together on a grid like a scale model (hard to explain, but you’ll get it when you see it). The building itself is very cool with a center elevator and huge ramps between floors. When you are waiting for the elevator, look down into the glass enclosed shaft and you’ll see a skeleton with a huge wrench down on the bottom - as if he had been crushed down there. There are neat little things like that all over to discover - like the benches made to look like tires and wheel spokes. They also have a nice gift shop and a smashed penny machine. Definitely worth a stop if you are passing through, but it could easily be a destination all on its own too. When I showed my brother my pictures from here, his response was, "That place looks like Heaven."

Visited September 2013
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Key Largo, Florida
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“Mecca for motorsports enthusiasts....”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

the most fascinating and interesting private museum for those that enjoy and love motorsports....being married to one, I was almost dragged to visit ...and much to my surprise it was a fascinating experience...the museum itself its beautiful and even if one is not interested in motorcycles or sports cars, one cannot stop admiring the amazing and fascinating way this museum is set up....worth a trip....

Visited October 2013
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East TN
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“Awesome Vintage Motorcycle Festival”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

My friends and I rode the famous Hwy 411 through three states to get there. Every year around the second weekend of October, Barber Motorsports puts on a show unequaled by any other I know. Vintage bikes from all over the country are rode in, carried in and or put on display for everyone to enjoy. There were food vendors, merchandise tents, displays and people with knowledge of every make and model that I am aware of. If it has to do with motorcycles, it is probably there. The motorcycle swap meet is so big, I could not tell you how many rows of tents and tables were set up, let alone how many there was. The race track is 2.3 miles long. Bring a chair or just roll up a blanket on the back rest and find a shady spot. It is so big, they have a tram system with multiple stops. Ticket prices and more information about the park and its events are available on line.
As for the museum, I went as far as the gift shop, it was an hour before closing by the time we finished the festival so we only and looked inside and choose to come back when we had more time. I believe they advertised 750 bikes on display at the time. There was five floors of motorcycles. Prices are available online, just search Barber Motor Sports and you will find them.

Visited October 2013
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Kansas City
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“The Center of the Motorcycle Universe!”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

If you ride, enjoy, and appreciate motorcycles -- you will absolutely love the Barber Motorsports Museum & Park, just east of Birmingham, Ala.

George Barber has assembled perhaps the world's best (and largest) collection of restored classic and vintage motorcycles in the world. He's put them in a purpose-built museum building that is without parallel in the world of motorcycles.

If that weren't enough, the hills surrounding the museum is the setting for a world-class hard-surface roadracing course, used by both motorcycles and automobiles throughout the year in a wide variety of racing types.

Check out the Barber's website for full information, and a schedule of their special and annual events. Birmingham is in the south-central United States, and George Barber's motorsports collection (he also has one of the best collections of Lotus cars in the world!) is worth a trip from wherever you live!

Visited October 2013
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Calera, Alabama
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

This was an excellent place to look at antique motorcycles as well as new ones. The race track behind the museum where you can see the Porsche driving school is just as cool to watch them drive by. There are 4 levels to see and the ease of getting to each one makes it easy. Bring fresh batteries but if yours die they sell them at a fair price as well. The time spent here was great. After living here for 2 years it was time to see this attraction.

Visited September 2013
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