Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History

Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History

The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History is known for its local history research facilities, its comprehensive program of changing exhibitions, its diverse educational offerings, and its wide-ranging collections illuminating the history of the Connecticut River Valley.

The Indian Motorcycle Collection is the largest collection of Indian cycles and memorabilia in the world. The Firearms Collection includes more than 1,600 firearms, with the largest collection of Smith & Wesson guns in the world. The Automobile Collection includes an 1899 Knox, a 1901 Crestmobile, a 1925 Rolls-Royce roadster, and a 1928 Rolls-Royce roadster.

85 Chestnut St
Springfield, MA 01103
P:
413-263-6800
Email: info@springfieldmuseums.org

Museum of Springfield History Admission:

$25, 60+/College Students $16.50,  3 – 17 $13 (Admission includes access to all 5 museums)
Plan: 1+hr

Museum of Springfield History Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm

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The Brumos Collection

The Brumos Collection

From the main collection to interactive experiences that take you back to the early days of automotive design, racing, and the drivers themselves, the Brumos Collection is a walk-through automotive and racing lore you won’t soon forget.

The museum was designed to take guests through two unique experiences. The first section of the collection features open cockpit racers and early automotive innovations, with the oldest being an 1894 Peugeot. Besides the cars, there are engines, vintage racing equipment, and drivers’ gear.

All of the cars have a kiosk that provides the car’s history, vintage photographs, and stat sheets detailing car specifications. The second area is full of Porsche race cars from 1953-2017. The cases in this section are filled with legendary race trophies and awards throughout the years.

From the cars themselves to trophies, pictures, engines, and more, you’ll find plenty of racing memorabilia. Seeing some of the older, more historical items will take you back to the time when early records were set by drivers who were attempting feats never accomplished before and the cars themselves were running at top speeds.

You’ll also get to see memorabilia dedicated to Brumos racing, beginning with Hubert Brundage and including the multiple 24 Hours of Daytona trophies. There are also cases dedicated to legendary racers, Hurley Haywood and Peter Gregg.

If there’s one thing you to take away from your visit, it’s a newfound appreciation for the drivers, the mechanics, and the innovators who helped usher in such an exciting era in automotive racing and design.

5159 San Pablo Rd S
Jacksonville, FL 32224
P:
904-223-7489
Email: info@brumos.com

Admission:
Adults $24.99
Senior & Military $19.99
Kids $14.99
(Tickets sold Online HERE)

Plan: 1-2 hr
Open: Thursday – Saturday: 10AM – 4PM

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Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum

Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum

At Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum you’ll experience one of the largest & most incredible collections of American Made Cars in the nation. There are 90 cars on display worth over $8 million!

320 Winfield Dunn Pkwy
Sevierville, TN 37876
P:
865-908-0882
Email: info@musclecarmuseum.com

Admission: $11, Kids 8-12 $5
Plan: 1hr
Open: Daily 9am – 5pm

*Closed permanently as of 10/31/21*

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Visiting Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Visiting Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

I drove 2 hours from Atlanta to Birmingham specifically to visit the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

Absolutely worth it!!

I was lucky enough to get a private of the museum when I visited with my wife Torie and our two kids. (Riley 10 & Bella 8) Right off the bat, the entrance to the museum was impressive.  Driving into Barber almost felt like driving into an airport, with the long road with multiple informational signs all the way up to when you get to the physical location of the building. Cool side note, the Southern Museum of Flight is building a new museum next to Barber and once it opens you’ll need to stay at a hotel to visit both because it is possible for Barber to take up your whole day.  We spent a good 3.5 hours at the museum and it really didn’t feel like that long and honestly, I could have spent even more time there, but the kids hit their threshold. Torie and I really liked the large sculptures that were on display in front of the museum and the kids found it hilarious that they didn’t have any junk.  There were smaller, still very unique pieces of art on display inside the museum. barber motorsports museum

The architecture and overall attention to detail of the museum was one of the most impressive museums I’ve visited thus far.

There are over 280 different brands of motorcycles on display and there is a collection of over 1,400 motorcycles that span over 100 years of production. You do not get to see all 1400 motorcycles since the museum regularly rotates the bikes in and out of 3 warehouses so they can maintain ever motorcycle in the collection and change up displays so the museum looks different each time you visit. There are more than 650 motorcycles on display on any given day and about 200 manufacturers from over 20 different countries. The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is more than just a collection of motorcycles, there are also multiple cars on display, including a Model T pickup, 58 Bel Air, Porsche’s and the largest collection of Lotus’ in the world. Plus, the track is a destination in its own right. Did I mention Barber was officially recognized by the Guinness World Records as being the world’s largest motorcycle collection? The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum exists because of Mr. Barber’s passion for motorsports and his philanthropy interest to create the nonprofit museum so people from all over the world can enjoy all the pieces of automotive art on display. barber vintage motorsports museum I took a ton of pictures inside the museum and they really do not do it justice.  The pictures are cool, but you really do have to come to see everything in person. Plus you never know who or what you might run into.  I saw an all original Yamaha DT360 like the one I own that belonged to Torie’s mother and we ran into Wayne Carini from Chasing Classic Cars. Barber Vintage Motorsports always seems to have something going on so I’d recommend visiting their website or Facebook Page to see what might be going on and you can plan your trip accordingly. When you visit look for all the “easter eggs” scattered throughout the complex.  You might see Bigfoot fishing, a police officer walking a tiger, a gigantic spider or a skeleton under the elevator. (may or may not be real 😉 6030 Barber Motorsports Parkway Leeds, Alabama 35094 P: 205-699-7275 Email: bvmm@barbermuseum.org Cost: $15 4–12: $10 Plan: 2 hr Open: 10-6 Mon-Sat 12-6 Sun barbermuseum.org
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Visiting the Mustang Museum of America

Visiting the Mustang Museum of America

Mustang Museum of America

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Mustang Museum of America in Odenville, Alabama and I’ve got to say I was really impressed especially once I was told how recently the museum started. The Mustang Museum of America officially opened its 30,000 square foot collection to the public in March of 2019.

The museum is family owned and operated and most of the vehicles on display are privately owned.  Now if you have a mustang you’d like to display in the museum they do accept individually owned cars provided they are mostly originally and museum quality.  You can learn more about the museum’s requirements for displaying your car by visiting their website.

Huge display of Mustangs

One of the most impressive things I saw during my visited the museum was their collection of state trooper vehicles including a USPS and USAF Fox body.  I was told the museum has every state but one that ordered one, but they are currently working on adding that state as well.

The museum is not far off of HWY 20 and a quick drive from Birmingham.  I was able to visit on my way home back to Atlanta, GA without much of a detour at all and it was totally worth it, especially if you’re a Ford Mustang fan.

Mustang Museum of America

49 Forman Farm Rd
Odenville, AL 35120
P:
205-773-9170
Email: mustangmuseum@gmail.com

Cost: $13.75
Plan: 1hr
Open: Thursday – Monday 9am – 6pm

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