The National Motor Museum
The National Motor Museum
The National Motor Museum Trust website
Beaulieu Attractions website
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.
Museum, Library, Archive, Heritage site, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site
Closed: Christmas Day
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.
Social History, Personalities, Land Transport, Costume and Textiles, Archives
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
Get creative this August in the National Motor Museum
- 5 — 28 August 2014 *on now
Take part in creative activities inspired by the National Motor Museum’s First World War commemorative project, Caravans and Charabancs - Leisure Motoring after the First World War, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Sponsored by The Caravan Club, Shell Art Collection and Meccano, young visitors can drop-in and take part in a range of activities including building charabancs (an early form of motor coach) using Meccano, creating caravans from recycled materials and designing collage posters inspired by the Shell Art Collection's 'Visit Britain' series of artworks.
- Any age
Activities are included in the price of the entrance ticket to the Beaulieu attraction.
Caravans & Charabancs Evening at the National Motor Museum Trust
- 15 November 2014 7:30-10pm
In this centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, transport historian Richard Peskett and Curator of The Caravan Club Collection Angela Willis, will host a special evening at the National Motor Museum to commemorate the legacy of the conflict.
Using a wealth of material from the Trust and Caravan Club Collections, Caravans and Charabancs will explore how social and technological developments before and during the First World War, coupled with a post-war influx of surplus materials, led to a boom in leisure motoring in the decades after the conflict. Richard and Angela will tell the fascinating stories behind many previously unseen photographs, which chart the increasing demand in charabanc outings and caravan holidays amongst the British war-weary.
The National Motor Museum will be open from 6.00pm before commencement of the talk for a private viewing at no extra charge.
For more information call the Membership Secretary on 01590 614792 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Not suitable for children
Tickets are priced at £10.00 (£7.50 for members of the Friends of the NMMT).