I have a very limited knowledge of cars, but even I enjoyed this inexpensive museum!
Your visit begins by parking in a free, covered garage (great on hot, sunny days) where a few larger, military vehicles are stored. Admission was $7 a person (for aduts, if I remember correctly). Upon entering the large showroom area (the building used to be an old bread distribution center), there is an area where you can sign the museum guestbook and place a small thumb tack on a map, depicting where you are from. The map is covered in little red pins. So much so that you can rub your hand across it and it almost feels like one of those maps that has raised areas depicting mountains. The Lane Motor Museum has had visitors from all over!
After signing in, you can watch a brief introductory video to the museum. The video was really well put together. It explained the history of the building, its origins as a bread distribution center and its transformation into a museum, the history of the founder and his desire to restore cars (his first few cars, including one given to him as a Christmas present as a young child, are included in the museum), and how to navigate the museum (flags hanging above groups of cars help identify the national origin of the cars).
At first I didn't think there were that many cars in the building (I think since it's so open), but after taking the time to read each of the interesting signs next to each car, i realized there was a lot there. There are cars from Germany, Czechlosovakia, Poland, France, and more. Plus, they had unique cars like 3-wheeled vehicles, motorcycles, and mini-cars. They also had a room full of vintage car posters and ads.
For kids, there was a separate area overlooking the museum with kids cars you could sit in and pretend to drive and several other activities. You could even have your picture taken while sitting in an old Citroen.
I really liked that the cars were not separated from guests by ropes. While you are asked not to touch the cars, you are free to stand right next to the cars to peer into open windows to see the interiors. The gift shop was nice and there were plenty of toy cars from little kids to gaze at and purchase.
Overall, this musuem made for a great way to spend a few hours with friends with a wide variety of interests.
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