Quirky Attraction: The Lane Motor Museum in Nashville

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The cool showroom inside the Lane Motor Museum.

The Lane Motor Museum
Location: Nashville, Tennessee (702 Murfreesboro Pike)
When to visit: Open 10 am – 5 pm daily (closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
Cost: $12 adults, $8 seniors, $3 kids
Time needed: At least 60 minutes
Website: www.lanemotormuseum.org

If you’re a fan of Jaguars, Audis, Fiats, and other non-American rides, check out the Lane Motor Museum, a car museum in Nashville that houses what is reportedly the largest collection of European vehicles in the U.S.

The huge 40,000-foot warehouse (in the former Sunbeam Bakery building) is the right size to show off the 400 or so automobiles in the collection of Jeff Lane, who started the museum in 2002.

Many of the cars are antiques, and some are prototypes that never came to market, including wooden cars, steam-powered cars, and a “Berger Reaction Car” that was powered by a rocket motor.

Visiting the Lane Motor Museum 

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Look at the sweet rides in this car museum in Nashville!

If you’re curious about visiting the Lane Motor Museum, note that it’s closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm the rest of the week.

Ticket prices are pretty affordable for this type of attraction. Adult tickets are only $12, while seniors pay $8. Kids under age 5 are free, and those between ages 5-17 are only charged $3.

The Lane Motor Museum is located away from downtown, so you ay have a bit of a drive to get there. But it’s easy to find.

Overall, it’s a good value to come here and spend an hour checking out some awesome classic cars!

Photos From the Car Museum in Nashville

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The Lane Motor Museum is a cool place to visit even if you’re not a serious car person. I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

Yes, they even have a Red Bull race car.

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The steam car is a real thing! At least, it used to be. A fellow by the name of H. R. Harris was a steam engineer who was frustrated that nobody had created a viable steam-powered car, so he created this bad boy. It’s unclear whether the vehicle ever actually ran. It was never painted.

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Look at this sweet baby blue VW-looking auto!

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Yes, Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers, of “6th Avenue Heartache” and “One Headlight” fame, signed the side of this vehicle.

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Hans Berger created this rocket-powered car in Switzerland 1948. It reached a top speed of a whopping 35 mph. His daughter Heidi drove the car in local races.

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Another race car-inspired vehicle:

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I’ve always wanted a tiny wooden vehicle! I’d be so cool cruising down Broadway in this little cube:

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The view from the front seat of the wooden vehicle. I think Jerry Seinfeld should try to get this one for Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

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The Lane Motor Museum actually has a large collection of bikes. Check out this motorized bicycle! Just think, all these decades later, we’ve graduated to Lime Bike and Uber bikes. Doesn’t seem like we’ve made that much progress in 80 years!

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This Audi looks straight out of the ’60s or ’70s. Love it!

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I don’t have a car museum near me, so I appreciate cities like this that have such attractions. Would you visit this super cool car museum in Nashville?

READ ABOUT MORE CAR-RELATED ATTRACTIONS:
The Indianapolis 500 Museum
The Studebaker Museum in South Bend, Indiana
The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan
The Houston Art Car Museum

READ ABOUT MORE NASHVILLE ATTRACTIONS:
The Nashville Parthenon
Music City Walk of Fame
James Polk’s Tomb
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Museum
The Dukes of Hazzard Museum
Historic RCA Studio B
The Many Sides of Downtown Nashville
Country Music Hall of Fame

About Quirky Travel Guy

Scott Shetler is a Seattle-based freelance writer & fan of indie rock, road trips, ice cream, squirrels on power lines, runaway shopping carts, and six-way intersections. Some posts on this site contain affiliate links, which may earn me a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you make a purchase.

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2 Comments

  1. I love the little box Woody! We passed through Nashville last year, wish we had known this was there we would have stopped. Maybe next time. I love how you find all of these quirky places and I love that I can tuck them away for future trips!

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