The Tank Museum

Tanks in Action at The Tank Museum
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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.

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Opening hours

Daily 10.00-17.00

Closed: Limited opening at Christmas. Please see website for this and details of other closures.

Admission charges

Adults: £13.00
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

Additional info

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.

Collection details

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
  • Panzer
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Warhorse trapped in Mud

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.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal museum admission charges apply.
Adults: £12.50
Children: £7.50
Concessions: £9.00
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.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Summer Holidays

  • 18 July — 2 September 2015 *on now

Imagine the awesome power of tanks brought to life, in front of your very eyes...

Don’t miss the explosive Tanks in Action Displays, every weekday at 1.00pm during the Summer Holidays. Watch in awe as tanks from as early as World War Two roll into action with thundering engines and life-like explosions! Complete with expert commentary, you will discover how tanks work, how they developed and how they are used on the battlefield.

Watch out for The Tank Museum Recruiters - who will be walking around the Museum before the lunchtime display, looking for worthy recruits to join in the fun during Tanks in Action!

Don’t Miss
- Tanks in Action - weekdays at 1.00pm!
- Craft Activities
- Face Painting - every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from Diamond Faces
- Tank Museum Modellers - See their static model displays and get tips on how to create your own model, Monday-Friday.
- Vehicle Rides all week.
Normal admission charges apply and annual passes are valid for this event.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal admission fees apply - please see website for further details.


tank in arena

September Tanks in Action

  • 2 — 30 September 2015 *on now

Every Wednesday throughout September we will be having Tanks in Action Displays taking place in our Kuwait Arena at 1pm.

There will be life like explosions, thundering engines and expert commentary.

The dates Tanks in Action will take place on are:

Wednesday 2nd September
Wednesday 9th September
Wednesday 16th September
Wednesday 23rd September
& Wednesday 30th September

The Tanks in Action Display is included in your admission fee.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Included in normal admission fees.


Wheels of Steel

  • 6 September 2015 10am-5pm

Dorset's Newest Ride In Event!

Ending off the season, this fundraising ride provides a great social atmosphere with proceeds going to The Tank Museum and other local charities.
Trade Stands and Classic Bikes
Catering Facilities
Close to Dorset's stunning 95 mile stretch of Jurassic Coastline
Entrance to ride in - £2

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal admission fees apply - see webpage for details




  • 10 October 2015 10am-5pm

The Tank Museum is pleased to announce the return of Tank Mod, this year in association with 1/6th scale armour model group ARMORTEK.
The Tank Museum will be inviting exhibitors from across the country to take part in its model exhibition. Now in its second year, the Tank Museum will be joining forces with ARMORTEK for a day which promises to be packed full of miniature machines!
View a large selection of modelling exhibitors from across the modelling spectrum. Boats, planes, motor racing cars and of course military models were some of the highlights in 2014.
If you are inspired by the model collections, The Tank Museum’s own volunteer modellers will also be in attendance and will be available to give advice in creating your own scale model. Get inspired and discover the hints and tricks behind making your own miniature.
Museum tours and talks will be taking place throughout the day.
Normal admission charges apply.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal admission fees apply.


Mark Healy Lecture

An Evening With Mark Healy

  • 17 October 2015 6:30-9pm

Mark Healy will be delivering a lecture at the Museum based on his best-selling book, Zitadelle: The German Offensive against the Kursk Salient 4 - 17th July 1943. Published by The History Press.

Few battles attract such interest as the Battle of Kursk. Operation Zitadelle - the code name given by Hitler to the Wehrmacht's last offensive on the Eastern Front in July 1943 - has acquired an almost mythic status as one of the greatest clashes of armour in the history of warfare.


£10 per ticket


The cover of Andy McNab's book Detonator

An Evening With Andy McNab

  • 31 October 2015 6-9pm

Former SAS soldier and best-selling author Andy McNab returns to the Tank Museum in October, as part of Museums at Night.

As well as sharing his experiences of commanding Bravo Two Zero during the Gulf War, Andy will also be talking about his latest Nick Stone release: ‘Detonator’ which is due for release on 22nd October 2015.

Seating in the Lecture Hall is based on a first come, first served basis on the night.

Strictly no photos or video.

18:00 – Restaurant opens for curry sitting.
18:30 – Lecture hall opens and light refreshments and bar open.
19:30 – Lecture commences.
20:30 – Short Q&A.
20:45 – Opportunity for signing memorabilia (please bring your memorabilia with you).
21:45 – Museum closes.

Copies of Detonator will be available to purchase from the Museum shop which will be open from 18:00 – 21:30.


Ticket Options
Lecture Only - £14.00

Lecture and Curry Meal - £21.00
(A vegetarian curry option will be available. Please inform us of any other dietary requirements.)


Vintage Christmas Festival

  • 5 — 6 December 2015 10am-5pm

Stepping back in time, ‘Vintage Christmas’ brings you fantastic entertainment and historical education in a unique and awe inspiring way.

Not only will you be entertained throughout, you can shop till you drop in our extensive vintage market for all those unique Christmas gifts that you won’t find anywhere on the high street.

Not forgetting our living history reenactors, who will be all around the Museum to educate and inspire.

Learn more about what life was like at Christmas time from the 1920’s to the Post War era.

Don't miss...
• Christmas Carvery Lunch & Vintage Tea Party
• Santa’s grotto (additional cost) and see him arrive by Tank!
• Attend in period dress for the chance to enter and win our best dressed competition.
• Entertainment throughout
• Children’s crafts and activities
• Vintage Market
• Reenactors
• Live music
• A fun filled weekend for all the family

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal admission fees apply


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