Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is located at the Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama. The park is a multipurpose racing facility that boasts of a 2.38 mile, 16 turn track. It spans across 880 acres and is the home of the Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School, Keith Code California Super bike School, Jamie James Yamaha Champions Riding School and the Porsche Track Experience.
History of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is a non-profit private operating foundation. In April 2014, the museum was officially recognized by Guinness World Records as being the largest motorcycle collection in the world. The facility is an historic, five floor, 230000-square-foot building that boasts of about 270,000 visitors per year. In 2003, George W. Barber moved the collection from Southside Birmingham to its permanent home in the Barber Motorsports Park.
Things to find at the museum
The facility is home to more than 1,600 vintage and modern motorcycles that span over 100 years of production. More than 900 bikes can be seen on display and about 200 different manufacturers from 20 countries are represented in the collection—from Harley-Davidson, Honda, and Indian—to Showa, DSK, and Cagiva.
The museum collection is categorized by age (1900-1930, 1930-1960, 1960-present) and by type (off-road, military, etc.).
The museum has two bridges attached that cross over the park which allows for a unique view of the track and also showcases a theater and a rare cars collection which includes the world’s largest array of Lotus race cars.
The Barber Museum partners with the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association to host the largest vintage motorcycle festival in the country; “The Annual Barber Vintage Festival” is a three day event that features vintage motorcycle racing and stunt shows. The festival takes place at the park every October.
The facility can be booked for events like corporate receptions, banquets, luncheons, business meetings, and galas. It can accommodate groups of up to 1500 people, the museum also allows individuals to apply for membership and volunteerism. Some of the activities you can engage in at the museum include field trips, guided tours and the free history focused educational video series.
Situated at 6030 Barber Motorsports Pkwy. Birmingham, AL 35094, the museum is open from 10am to 6pm on Monday to Saturday and from 12pm to 6pm on Sundays. For more information on membership and bookings, you can visit https://www.barbermuseum.org.
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