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If you're a gearhead, you won't want to miss George Barber's collection of motorcycles – the largest in the world, according to Guinness – featuring more than 1,400 bikes from 200 different manufacturers. The museum also houses an extensive selection of Lotus Cars, if you prefer four wheels to two.
Recent visitors called this museum a "world-class facility" and said that even if you're not into motorcycles, this collection is worth seeing. Other reviewers praised the assortment of Lotus Cars and the outdoor track, which hosts the Porsche Sport Driving School. The only gripe among recent visitors concerned the museum's facilities, or lack thereof: museumgoers said they would love to see a cafe or eatery added to the grounds.
The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is located about 20 miles east of downtown Birmingham and is best reached by car. From October to March, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. From April to September, it welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. General admission for adults costs $15 ($10 for children ages 4 to 12). Premium docent-led tours that include a viewing of the Restoration Level (where technicians repair motorcycles and cars) can be purchased for an additional $15. Visit the museum's website for more information.