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Lane Motor Museum 

Att: Museum Programs

702 Murfreesboro Pike

Nashville TN 37210

Self-Guided Tours

All exhibits on display are varied and a self-guided. This kind of visit gives your group the opportunity to spend more individual time with the items that interest you the most.

Guided Activities

Encourage critical thinking skills with a guided activity created to help you learn about our collection, exhibits, and history of the museum.  Activities are structured and grade level appropriate.

  • Scavenger Hunt- always available  
  • Subaru 360- Beginning April 19th 
  • Dan Auerbach: Rat Rod Motorcycles- Beginning May 10th 
  • Eureka: Ideas- Beginning May 24th 

 

Demonstrations

As a working collection, many of our vehicles have the power to transport you in time. Our Helicron will propel your class to the noisy streets of 1930s Paris while our Ford F750 Firetruck sparks conversation about emergency vehicles of the past and present.

Customizable Tour   

We are more than happy to work with you to create individualized lessons that meet your learning objectives as well as Tennessee education standards. As our flying fleas know, the sky’s the limit!

LEARNING LANE ON THE MOVE

We understand a visit to the museum isn't always possible. Luckily for you, our collection is on wheels; we can drive to you! 

LEARNING LANE PROGRAM PRICING 

  Regular Price
Group Rate
Adults (18+) $12.00 $6.00
Seniors (65+) $8.00 $6.00
Youth (Ages 6-17) $3.00 $3.00
Age 5 & Under Free Free

 

 To be eligible for group rate admission, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a group of at least 15 guests
  • Have a group leader who serves as the museum contact
  • Pay for the group together, in one transaction 
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to personalize your visit today!

Hoods Up! Through 4/25/16

Hoods Up!

A Look Inside Our Most Unique Vehicles!

Now Open Through April 25, 2016

Join us now through April 25, 2016 as we present Hoods Up! A Look Inside Our Most Unique Vehicles! This annual, limited-run exhibit is your chance to look under the hoods of over 40 cars in the museum collection!

Just a few of the open cars include a 1962 Renault Dauphine, a 1967 Toyota Sports 800, a 1933 Panhard-Levassor, a 1985 Renault 5 Turbo, a 1974 Citroën DS21 Rally Car, a 1938 BMW 320, a 1934 Aero 30, and nearly 40 more!

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Welcome to the Learning Lane 

Fasten your seatbelts... at Lane Motor Museum, you're in the fast lane to learn!
Our unique collection is a vehicle that crosses curriculum boundaries. Your ride includes stops around the globe with lessons in art, engineering, design, history, politics, mathematics, and language. There is no subject bigger than our LARC, the largest vehicle ever driven on the streets of Nashville, TN. or smaller than our Peel P-50, world record holder for the smallest car ever to go into production. At Lane Motor Museum, we use our collection items as tangible teaching tools! 

Lane Motor Museum offers the following education programs- click each program title for more information. 

Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Demonstrations, Customizable Tours, and Learning Lane on the Move 

Program Price: $6 per student or $3 per student with a group rate 

Geared towards ages 3-5,  the Lil' Learning Lane meets at the museum the 4th Thursday of every month from 10:30-11:30 AM. Registration is required. 

Program Price: Free with admission 

Please contact Meghan Palik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 615-742-7445 to plan your visit!
 
Outreach
 
Would you like a guest speaker from the Museum to come to your event or organization? Email our Education Director Rex Bennett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an event. Speaking engagements are available during normal business hours, for the greater Nashville area.

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Les Autos Françaises: 60 Years of French Automotive History - On Display May 21, 2015 - April 4, 2016

This summer Lane Motor Museum brings you “Les Autos Françaises: 60 Years of French Automotive History,” focusing on 60 of the 120 years of car production in France. Starting in the 1890s, France remained the largest producer of cars in Europe until after WWI. In fact, from 1902-1907, France produced more cars than the rest of Europe combined. The United States did not out-produce France until after 1907.

What made France such a leader in the beginning? There were three major reasons: First, they had an excellent road system that allowed early, rudimentary cars to be driven almost everywhere; second, France’s high level of technical competence, from bicycles to steam trains; and lastly, France had an abundance of energetic and talented entrepreneurs.

In 1913, there were 31 major French car makers, and many smaller car companies. Although other countries eventually caught up with, and surpassed, French car production, the French manufacturers remained alive and innovative. Citroën was a major manufacturer with many technologically significant cars, starting with the Traction Avant in 1934, and continuing with the 2CV in 1950 and later, the ID19, which stunned every attendee of the 1955 Paris Auto Show. Although Citroën was a large company with technologically-advanced cars, there were many smaller manufacturers that turned out unique and interesting cars, such as Georges Irat, Matra, Rovin, Hotchkiss-Gregoire, Panhard, Simca, and many more.

Lane Motor Museum will be displaying 30 of the most unique French cars from the 100+ French cars in the collection, focusing on the heyday of French production – 1924-1985.

The Choice- by Jeff Lane, Director

With over 100 French cars in our collection, one would think it easy to do an exhibit called “All Things French”. Actually, it was very, very difficult, and the biggest problem was pruning 100 cars down to 30.

I started with Citroëns since we have about 50, and Citroën was one of the larger French manufacturers, and without a doubt, the most innovative. Citroën started later than some makers, beginning production in 1919. They more than made up for their late start by being hugely innovative. The Traction Avant began production in 1934, and was the first front-wheel drive, steel unibody production car. It remained in production until 1953, and sold in large numbers. As if the 19-year success story of the Traction Avant was not enough, in October 1955, Citroën introduced the DS at the Paris Motor Show. The DS was the first mass-produced car with front-wheel power brakes. It also featured a self-leveling hydropneumatic suspension system. In short, the DS was a technical sensation clad by a futuristic aerodynamic body. Ride quality and handling were unmatched for the day. In fact the ride quality, 60 years later, has not been improved on. The DS was such a successful car that Citroën did not introduce another clean-sheet-design car until the 1970s.

Moving away from Citroën, I tried to choose several unique examples from the three other large French manufacturers: Renault, Panhard, and Peugeot. Renault is a volume French car maker that still survives. Known for conservative cars and leadership, it has always been very successful in France, yet less so in the rest of the world. Panhard was a very early car manufacturer, starting production in 1890. Before WWII, Panhard made mostly upmarket cars. After WWII, they declined, and made more middle to low-end cars, mostly with 2-cylinder, air-cooled engines. Peugeot has always been Renault’s rival in France, and has enjoyed tremendous success in their 100+ years of production.

France has had four major car makers, but throughout their history, they have also had hundreds of others. While many of them were not large or long-lived, they made unique and interesting cars. Georges Irat, Matra, Hotchkiss-Gregoire, and Deutsch-Bonnet are three examples featured in this exhibit.

To complete the exhibit, I picked six of the most interesting French microcars plus the Helicron, which is propeller-driven! Not an easy choice, as I made list upon list, and finally whittled it down to 30 unique and special French cars that are a major part of automotive history.

 

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