Revs Institute is a three-story, 80,000 square-foot haven for automotive history. With more than 100 vintage cars built between 1896 and 1995, the Institute is considered by many to host the premier collections of their kind in the world. This is significantly more than a showcase of roadsters and racing cars, however. Revs offers a selection of documents, photographs, posters, and custom mascots—simply stated, hood ornaments and radiator caps that serve as a car company’s badge—that tell the story of how automobiles affected the evolution of 20th century society. The collections belong to business executive, artist, philanthropist, and historic automobile authority, Miles Collier—grandson of Barron Collier, for whom Collier County, Florida is named.

All of the cars still run, and are taken out at least once a year for a drive.

Not a car buff? Neither am I—-you’ll still like this—-

Revs is not just for car enthusiasts, though they will revel in the sights and information to be had there. Anyone who loves history and art should consider visiting here, as well. I am not a “car person” by any stretch of the imagination, and have visited twice with guests. Some of our guests have loved cars, others can take or leave them—but everyone has been thoroughly impressed with this walk through 20th century history, and glad to have experienced Mr. Collier’s collection of extraordinary automobiles—the car enthusiasts extremely so.

The Institute’s docents are extremely knowledgeable car enthusiasts. Stationed throughout the galleries, they welcome the opportunity to answer visitors’ questions. Engage them—they truly love what they are doing and love to share both “nuts and bolts” information and human-interest stories about the cars.

Limited hours and entry—-buy tickets ahead

Visitors are required to reserve tickets ahead of their visit—-walk-ins are not allowed. Revs is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and in an effort to offer visitors their best experience, the number of people allowed in during any given hour is limited. It takes approximately two hours to tour the Institute—tickets are available each hour on the hour from 10:00 am through 2:00 pm. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour or can explore the exhibits on their own. All tickets are non-refundable.

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These are just a few of the many cars to see at Revs Institute–I hope that you get a chance to visit them in person. It’s well worth the trip!

Until next time,