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“One-of-a-Kind Museum”
Review of Lane Motor Museum

Lane Motor Museum
Ranked #13 of 263 things to do in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Lane Motor Museum in Nashville features the largest European collection of cars and motorcycles in the United States. Admission ranges from $3 to $12, with children ages 5 and younger admitted free, making it a great family excursion.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed August 14, 2012

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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Reviewed August 13, 2012

It is an amazing place, nice and cool and airy, with super-unusual cars. It has indoor parking, too, so if it's pouring or hot you can take refuge in the what used to be the bread truck loading garage. We go at least twice a year in my old convertible and the seats are nice and cool when we go to leave.
Not in the best part of town, just don't go too far off the main roads.. I don't mean to scare anyone, just use common sense. It's totally safe compared to Detroit or East St Louis. Also, you'll see a friendly cop every 50 yards. Nashville is VERY well patrolled.

2  Thank TOM S
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

I've been to many auto museums and this one beats 'em all. Unique collections : mini cars, three-wheelers, European marques usually ignored, prototypes...simply amazing. No velvet ropes and zillion dollar cars here. You can get right up to the cars, great for close inspection & photography. I read and inspected everything, went back by myself the next day to catch it all. Interesting for anyone, kid-friendly. A must-see for car buffs, worth a detour or special visit to Nashville.

1  Thank JessiesDads
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

We spent over an hour wandering through the cars, motorbikes, and mechanical oddities. There are more three-wheeled cars than I knew had ever been made, lots of European carmakers I'd never heard of, and a bunch of tiny cars that kids love. It's mostly a no-touch zone to protect the collection. Fun even if you're not car crazy.

1  Thank 2020trav
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

Who wouldn't like to wander among a few hundred rare and weird cars including a WWII landing craft out back? Want to see a mini Thunderbird built in East Germany in the late 1950's? It is here. Tatras? Here. Microcars? Three-wheeled cars? Bantams? The cost is low for a couple of hours of fun out of Nashville's blazing sunlight and humidity.

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