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IT S OFFICIAL AT BARBER MUSEUM

Birmingham loves its inventory of superlatives. Vulcan is the world s largest cast iron statue. Rickwood is the country s oldest baseball park. And now we have even more bragging rights. Birmingham is home to the world s largest motorcycle museum. Guinness World Records declared that Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum holds that title. Birmingham businessman and longtime motorcycle enthusiast George Barber started the museum in a smallish warehouse on the city s southside. When he outgrew that space, he decided to do something splendid for the Birmingham area. He built a five-story, glass-fronted museum and invited the public to see his collection. And come they have. Last year alone, the museum drew more than 270,000 visitors from around the world to see nearly 1,400 vehicles on display. And we won t even get into what Mr. Barber has done for Birmingham with the adjacent Barber Motorsports Park. barbermuseum.org

far to Trade Days in search of quilts, clothing, jewelry, knives, furniture and other treasures. Open daily 7 am sunset. Admission. 12632 Confederate Pkwy. 205-477-5711. tannehill.org

37. Vulcan Park and Museum Vulcan is the largest cast iron statue in the world and Birmingham s city symbol. Standing high atop Red Mountain, the 56-foot-high statue has an observation balcony on its pedestal for a panoramic view of the city. Vulcan is patterned after the mythical Roman god of the forge, a nod to the city s powerful position in the iron and steel industry in the first part of the

20th century. The statue was created as Birmingham s exhibit in the 1904 World s Fair in St. Louis and won the exposition s grand prize. The museum at Vulcan has interactive exhibits and displays that portray the region s history and progress. Museum open Mon Sun, 10am 6pm; Observation balcony open Mon Sun, 10am 10pm. Admission. 1701 Valley View Dr. 205-933-1409. visitvulcan.com

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