The National Motor Museum

A photo of the inside the National Motor Museum
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The world renowned National Motor Museum at Beaulieu has over 250 vehicles from every motoring era.

Exhibits include some of the earliest examples of motoring to legendary World Record Breakers like Bluebird, ‘TV Star’ cars like Del Boy’s Reliant Regal and rare oddities like the giant orange on wheels.

The National Motor Museum Trust collects, preserves and presents vehicles and other items related to the history of motoring in Great Britain from 1895 to the present day.

The Reference Library provides a full research and information service.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Daily 1000-1700

Closed: Christmas Day

Admission charges

Adult £21.00
Senior £19.50
Youth £12.50
Child £10.50
Family £55.00

Additional info

The reading room is open to both professional and amateur researcher by appointment at the following times:
Tuesday – Friday, 10.00 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 17.00.
Closed between Christmas and New Year.

The entire collection of Beaulieu National Motor Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The National Motor Museum was established as an independent charitable trust in 1972. Collecting had begun 20 years earlier, through the enterprise of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. The Museum tells the story of motoring Britain from 1895 to the present day and is home to the world's oldest surviving Fiat and Renault cars. More contemporary attractions include the 1993 Jaguar XJ220.

Among a host of unique exhibits are Donald Campbell's 1960 Bluebird Land Speed Record-breaker and the 1910 Bugatti Type 15 once owned by Ettore Bugatti himself. Significant Reference, Photographic and Film & Video Library Collections have a world-wide remit in terms of material holdings, enquiries received and services provided.

Collection details

Social History, Personalities, Land Transport, Costume and Textiles, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
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Kids in Museums Takeover Day

  • 1 March — 31 December 2015 *on now

We have invited four first year Creative Media Production students from Totton College to 'take over' our social media on Wednesday 20th May. To engage with and promote our HLF Our Heritage funded project Caravans and Charabancs - Leisure Motoring after the First World War they will film an interview with the Curator of the Caravan Club Collection about developing the Caravans and Charabancs temporary display in the Museum. The students will upload their edited film and photographs from the day through the project's social media platforms, such as Storify, You Tube, Twitter and Instagram. The Museum will be open to the public as normal and the public is also encouraged to engage in the project through the social media platforms.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


The National Motor Museum
SO42 7ZN


The National Motor Museum Trust website

Beaulieu Attractions website


General Enquiries


01590 614650


01590 612655

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