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Lane Motor Museum

Lane Motor Museum: Amazing Vehicles People Really Drove

If you or a family member are a car enthusiast, The Lane Motor Museum has the most unique collections of cars β€” and more β€” that I’ve ever seen. In fact, the museum is home to the largest European automotive collection in the U.S., with vehicles dating from the early 1900s to the present day.

It is amazing to think people actually drove these vehicles. Included in the collection are microcars, amphibious, military, alternative fuel, prototype and one-of-a-kind vehicles displayed across approximately 40,000 square feet.

Two of the Ali family kids check out one of the cool cars in the Lane Motor Museum collection.

We were especially captivated by the restored [two-wheeled] Gyro X 1967 (what would cost $5 million to make today).
But the museum also has aircraft, motorcycles, bicycles and even an electric-powered Bugatti Type 13 9/16 Scale.

Sunday, June 16
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Father’s Day Museum Fun Day.” Dads get in free all day long. Additional family members pay regular admission. This special day includes free Vault tours, free rides in select vehicles and in-museum demonstrations. Learn more here.

Lane Motor Museum: Amazing Vehicles People Really Drove

There are 550 cars in the museum collection; 150 on display. For an extra $10 you can do the weekend Vault tour (11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.) to see more.

The museum offers a good educational experience and insight into automotive design history and innovation. Videos are available for those who

The Children’s Area includes space for Littles to ride and play.

want to learn more. Our family needed about two hours to view the upper collection (we did not do the Vault Tour), but if you have a car-loving family member, you may need more time.

Children’s Area

My five kids are older, so I couldn’t help but to expect a little more from the Children’s Area. For ages 5 and younger, toddlers can ride small ride-ons. They can also play with toys, read books and get down on the mat to play with small cars. One set up allows a child to change a play car’s tire. The section could be made a tad cozier for parents who just want to hang out while their child plays.

The museum doesn’t permit visitors to eat and drink while strolling among cars. With kids, eat before you go or plan to eat after. If you need snacks, there is a pared-back area with a vending machine, table and chairs.

The Ali family in a vintage VW β€” family travel in style!

Lane Motor Museum is located at 702 Murfreesboro Pike. The phone number is 615-742-7445. Hours are Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Admission for Adults (ages 18 – 64) is $15; Seniors (65+) $10; Kids (6 – 17) $3; ages 5 and younger are free.

Individual Membership is $40 for the year. Family Membership is $65. Membership allows main museum visits at any time during operating hours.

Check out the Museum’s online archive of cars HERE.

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About the Author

Janae Ali

Janae Ali is a Nashville Parent Mom Reporter with a spirit for adventure! She spent two years traveling with her family in an RV. She's a mental toughness trainer and the proud mom of five kids.