Lane Motor Museum
It was a dark and stormy summer Sunday when we had been cooped up indoors with a toddler all day that we decided to take a spontaneous trip to Lane Motor Museum in Nashville. It's been on our places to visit list for a while because it's an awesome attraction close to home and Jonas is obsessed with vehicles right now (trains and planes are his faves).
Lane Motor Museum has been open since 2002 and offers 40,000 sq. ft. of car goodness. It is "features 150 unique cars and motorcycles and is home to the largest European collection in the U.S. The vehicles date from the 1920s all the way up to modern day and feature a varied collection of microcars, amphibious vehicles, military vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, prototypes, one-of-a-kind vehicles and motorcycles." While some museums are daunting with a toddler, this one had a huge play area with toy trains sets, books, blocks, and riding toys for Jonas to expend some of his energy. We spent about an hour and a half wandering around and playing, but you could easily spend hours. They even have educational kids' activities on Thursday mornings for preschool ages. Pricing is $12 for adults, $3 for kids and free for 5 and under. Pro tip: It does get a bit hot in the exhibit area and no food or drinks are allowed inside. So, plan to drink your water in the lobby before heading inside the museum. You can also come back out to the lobby for a refresher if needed.
Jonas was very excited to be there and kept pointing at the cars and telling me what color they were. He even posed for pictures with a few. We had to talk about not touching the cars while we were there and now he goes around saying "no touching cars" all the time. I mean, you shouldn'r really touch strangers' cars so I guess that's a win? All in all, we had a great time and they have some really interesting vehicles on display (this coming from a girl who was really only there to hang with her boys). It was precious and it was a perfect way to spend a rainy, lazy Sunday afternoon.