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Lane Motor Museum

One of Nashville's hidden gems, this quirky museum houses the largest collection of European cars and motorcycles in the United States.

What began as a personal collection of 70 vehicles has expanded into a museum of automobiles, trucks and motorcycles. The Lane Motor Museum specializes in vehicles you’re unlikely to see on U.S. freeways.

Housed in an enormous former bakery, the museum holds over 300 vehicles in its collection. Displaying around 150 at a time, the vehicles are continually rotated which means you’ll always see something new. Categorized by country of origin, most items are from the 1950s-70s. One of the newest pieces, a Mercedes Smart Car, was built in 2003.

Explore the world of microcars, three-wheeled wonders, propeller powered oddities, amphibious vehicles, snow racers, alternative fuel cars and military transportation. But there’s plenty to satisfy the speed freaks who will love the 1975 Maserati Bora and the Caterham Blackbird.

Lane Motor Museum prides itself on obscure finds. The smallest vehicle in the collection, a Peel P50, holds the Guinness World Record for being the "Smallest Street-Legal Car." The largest, a decommissioned U.S. Army amphibious landing vehicle has tires which are over nine-feet (3.8-meters) tall! Truly a working museum, 90 percent of the collection is in operational order and each car is treated to an oil change and tune up annually.

Drop the kids at the indoor play area where auto-themed toys and video driving games will keep them happy while you wander the rows of gleaming automobiles. Be careful; the museum does sell its exhibits from time to time, so you could end up taking home more than just a souvenir T-shirt.

Lane Motor Museum is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. The museum is located three miles (five kilometers) southwest from downtown Nashville on the Murfreesboro Pike, and has lots of free parking.


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Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown $123
Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown

Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown

301 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Nashville, this hotel is steps from Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville Broadway, and Ascend Amphitheater. Johnny Cash Museum and Bridgestone Arena are also within 10 minutes. Nashville Riverfront Station is only a 5-minute walk.

    Best Western Plus Sunrise Inn $67
    Best Western Plus Sunrise Inn

    Best Western Plus Sunrise Inn

    825 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Lane Motor Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tennessee Central Railway Museum and Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Music City Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Hillside Crossing Nashville a Ramada by Wyndham $64
      Hillside Crossing Nashville a Ramada by Wyndham

      Hillside Crossing Nashville a Ramada by Wyndham

      717 Spence Ln, Nashville, TN
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Lane Motor Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tennessee Central Railway Museum and Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Johnny Cash Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Comfort Inn Downtown Nashville-Vanderbilt $69
        Comfort Inn Downtown Nashville-Vanderbilt

        Comfort Inn Downtown Nashville-Vanderbilt

        1501 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Nashville, this hotel is steps from Hank Williams Jr. Museum and Nashville Broadway. Vanderbilt University and Bridgestone Arena are also within 15 minutes. Nashville Riverfront Station is 22 minutes by foot.

          Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown $110
          Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown

          Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown

          310 4th Avenue South, Nashville, TN
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Nashville, this hotel is steps from Nashville Broadway and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Music City Center and Bridgestone Arena are also within 10 minutes. Nashville Riverfront Station is 7 minutes by foot.

            Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Spence Lane $80
            Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Spence Lane

            Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Spence Lane

            714 Spence Lane, Nashville, TN
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Lane Motor Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tennessee Central Railway Museum and Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Nashville Children's Theatre is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.

              Hotel Preston $71
              Hotel Preston

              Hotel Preston

              733 Briley Pkwy, Nashville, TN
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Lane Motor Museum, Wave Country, and Tennessee Central Railway Museum. Two Rivers Golf Course and Tennessee State Fairgrounds are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Drake Inn $69
                Drake Inn

                Drake Inn

                420 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, TN
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in South Nashville, this motel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Lane Motor Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Music City Center. Nashville Broadway and Bridgestone Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km).