The Tank Museum
The Tank Museum
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01929 405096 ext 238
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01929 405096 ext 234
01929 405096 ext 230
01929 405096 ext 204
The Tank Museum in Dorset holds the world’s largest collection of tanks and armoured fighting vehicles.
From the first tank ever built to the modern Challenger II, the Museum houses examples from 28 different countries; Our definitive collection comprises over 250 vehicles dating back to 1909.
In our bursting programme of live action displays, you can witness the awesome power of tanks in action. See our website or call for more information.
The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.
Closed: Limited opening at Christmas. Please see website for this and details of other closures.
Children (5-16): £7.50
2 Adults and 2 Children : £ 33.00
1 Adult and 3 Children : £28.00
Please see website for group rates
Guided tours for groups need to be pre-booked.
Library access by appointment only.
Booking information for Conference facilities can be found on website.
Programme of special events and lectures can be found on website.
The entire collection of the Tank Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.
This museum houses the world’s finest and most historically significant collection of tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles, and charts the history and development of one of the 20th century’s most important weapons. There are around 150 vehicle exhibits which cover an unparalleled historical and geographical span.
The collection is particularly strong on the origins of the tank and its use in the First World War. There is a large landscape exhibition about the first tank attack in 1916 which illustrates both British and German trenches. British vehicles are supported by vehicles captured from enemies and donated by allies the world over since the birth of armoured warfare.
More recent exhibits cover several theatres of the Second World War, Korea and the Gulf War, as well as illustrating types from at least 25 different nations. Supporting collections include uniforms, medals, artwork, weapons along with thousands of documents and photographs relating to the history of armoured warfare. Visitors are provided with a free audio tour in a choice of three languages.
Weapons and War, Social History, Science and Technology, Photography, Personalities, Land Transport, Fine Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology
Key artists and exhibits
- Tiger Tank
- Sherman Tank
- Challenger Tank
- Little Willie
- Designated Collection
BattleGroup Afghanistan - The Armoured Soldiers Story
- 9 April 2011 — 9 April 2015 *on now
Visitors have the chance to meet serving-soldiers and find out more about life and work in the hostile climate of Afghanistan, try on the soldiers’ desert kit, try soliders rations, learn how to make dirty water clean, and learn more about the weapons and equipment of the modern army.
On our special message wall, visitors can leave messages for the Royal Armoured Corps soldiers on active service before trying their hand at a range of craft activities. Have a go at making your own medal, add to our desert collage, and then get your face painted in desert camouflage.
These activities are complimented by the desert themed family activities.
- Family friendly
- Any age
The Tank Museum
Normal Admission Price, See Website for details. Ticket valid for 12 months
Warhorse to Horsepower
- 3 April 2014 — 16 May 2019 *on now
In the year that marks the anniversary of the start of the First World War, this new exhibition will form the cornerstone of The Tank Museum's commemorations of the conflict that changed the world.
With the original vehicles and model horses, host of interactive displays and dramatic imagery; it is hoped 'Warhorse to Horsepower' will have a multi-generational appeal and do justice to the experience of both men and horses 1914-1939.
- Family friendly
Normal museum admission charges apply.
Family (2 adults and 2 children): £33.00
Family (1 adult and 3 children): £28.00
- 1 November 2014 — 31 December 2015 *on now
To coincide with the release of Fury in October 2014, The Tank Museum has launched a brand new exhibition using a number of items acquired from the film.
The 'Fury' exhibition gives an insight in to how The Tank Museum was involved in Fury, the issues we faced when working to safely use some of our historic collection and what it was like for staff on set of a big budget war movie.
Visitors will be able to see props and imagery from the film, as well as the star of the show - our Sherman tank.
The 'Fury' exhibition is set to run until the end of 2015.
- 28 March — 12 April 2015 *on now
This Easter Holiday, to coincide with the opening of our brand new exhibition ‘Tank Factory’, the Museum will be showcasing the science and technology behind the design, build and operation of armoured vehicles.
There will be talks, tours, and trails around the Museum as well as the opportunity to climb inside one of the Museum's Main Battle Tanks. Follow our FREE Easter Egg Hunt around the Museum for a tasty reward!
Our Tanks in Action arena displays will take place every weekday, where you'll have the chance to see our vehicles thunder into life.
Tracked Vehicle rides in a specially converted tracked vehicle will take place every day in the arena between 11.00am and 4.00pm (£3pp). The Vehicle Conservation Centre will be open every day, 1.30pm - 4.30pm.
•Tanks in Action - weekdays, 1.00pm.
•FREE Easter Egg Hunt.
•Face Painting - every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from Diamond Faces.
•Tank Museum Modellers - Monday-Friday
•Vehicle Rides all week - just £3 per person
- Any age
Normal admission charges apply - please see www.tankmuseum.org for details
Tiger Day 2015
- 2 May 2015 10am-5pm
In 2015 Tiger 131 will only make two appearances in our arena; Tiger Day – 2nd May and Tankfest 27th & 28th June. As the only running Tiger 1 tank in the world you really can't afford to miss it!
The Museum will open at 10am with a range of World War Two talks and tours taking place throughout the day, including the opportunity to get close to Tiger.
The Vehicle Conservation Centre will be open from 10am – 5pm allowing access to the main floor, this allows visitors unprecedented access to the museum’s extended collection of tanks and other military vehicles.
The highlight of the day will be at 1.30pm, when Tiger 131 makes its return into the Kuwait arena*. The 30 minute display will examine and compare this World War Two beast to its Axis and Allied contemporaries; including Matilda II, Panzer III, T-34 and Sherman.
Tiger Day is a Special Event Day so annual passes are NOT valid.
- Any age
Please see website for further details about Tiger Day prices.
- 27 — 28 June 2015 9am-6pm
Historic vehicle displays will include vehicles making their show debuts, with a number of old favourites returning to the arena.
Tankfest 2015 will play host to a variety of traders and exhibitors from Militaria Goods to Arts and Crafts. Be sure to look out for some fantastic show bargains and unique gifts on site over the weekend. With over 100 organisations on site, inside the museum and on the outside grounds, your choices are endless.
No need for a picnic at Tankfest 2015. We have a wide variety of refreshments on site to cater for all tastes, along with two fully stocked bars from Ringwood Brewery and the Dorset Brewing Company.
Your TANKFEST 2015 ticket includes a free annual pass – so you can visit The Tank Museum as many times as you like in a year.*
Tankfest 2015 is a special event, and requires a Tankfest 2015 ticket for admission.
- Any age
Adult - £20.50, Child (5-16) - £13.00, Under 5s - FREE
Please see website for further details.