Tennessee has several antique car museums that cater to the automotive enthusiast. If you are interested in visiting a classic car museum and live in or are passing through Tennessee, these are worth taking a look at.
Lane Motor Museum, Nashville – The largest collection of European vehicles in the United States. They have over 150 vehicles on display from all parts of the world, and most of them are rarely seen in the US. They have amphibious, alternative fuel, and military vehicles, race cars, micro-cars, three-wheelers and motorcycles. Anything rare, strange, odd, or extreme can be found there! I have personally visited this one, and would love to go back and spend an entire day. If you are interested in unusual vehicles, it is a must-see if you are ever in the Nashville area. (615) 742-7445.
Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum, Sevierville – A collection of 90 American muscle cars from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, plus retired stock-car based race cars. All the cars are in showroom condition. The collection has been featured in several TV shows and car enthusiast magazines. (865) 908-0882.
Hollywood Star Cars Museum, Gatlinburg – Features 40 actual cars that were used in movie and TV productions or owned by celebrities. The movie and TV cars are shown in recreated settings from the movie or TV show that they were in. They have recently added several motorcycles to their collection. (865) 430-2200.
Smoky Mountain Car Museum, Pigeon Forge – Open since 1956, they have electric, gas, and steam powered vehicles on display. They also have historic gas pumps, vintage Burma Shave signs, and other memorabilia displayed. (865) 453-3433.
International Towing and Recovery Museum, Chattanooga – Antique tow trucks, wreckers and equipment dating from the earliest days of the automobile. (423) 267-3132
Dixie Gun Works and Old Car Museum, Union City – 36 antique vehicles displayed, along with thousands of antique mechanical devices and a number of historic firearms. (731) 885-0700.
Elvis Presley Automobile Museum at Graceland, Nashville – A collection of Elvis Presley’s personal cars, motorcycles, and motorized toys. (901) 332-3322
Bewley’s City Garage Car Museum, Greeneville – A variety of antique cars and gas station memorabilia, only open on Fridays and Saturdays. (423) 638-6971
There are bound to be other antique car museums I have missed, but this should be enough for several weekend trips! If you are visiting the Smoky Mountains, you have four different ones to choose from that are in the vicinity. Be sure to call for information on their hours of operation before making the trip.