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.

May Half Term

  • 23 — 31 May 2015 *on now

This May half-term, to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of VE-Day (Victory in Europe), the Tank Museum will be offering themed talks and activities related to the stories of the Allied victories across Europe. The Tank Museum will also be hosting a 1940's garden party where you can take part in creating flags, bunting and other crafts for the occasion.

In addition to the stories, there will be an opportunity to climb in one of our Main Battle Tanks, try on our replica uniforms and take part in fun-filled family activity trails. Learn about the history of the tank and take a trip around the museum on one of our many free guided tours and activities offered by our dedicated Museum team.

The Tank Museum’s newest exhibition Tank Factory is now open. Explore the issues around who builds tanks and why they look the way they do and what makes a good and bad tank.

‘Tanks In Action’ will take place every weekday at 1.00pm. See our vehicles thunder into action and watch in awe as they demonstrate their firing capabilities. Complete with live expert commentary, you will discover how tanks work, their sounds and smells and what their uses are on the battlefield.

Tracked Vehicle Rides will take place every day from 11.00am – 4.15pm, in our specially converted M548 tracked vehicle (£4pp). Converted in-house to hold 16 people at one time, our M548 is the perfect vehicle for the whole family to jump on board together!

Our extended collection of vehicles will be open to view in the Vehicle Conservation Centre following the conclusion of our ‘Tanks In Action’ displays. It will be open 1.30pm – 4.30pm every day during the holidays for the opportunity to view the museum’s reserve collection from our viewing platform.

Your admission ticket includes a FREE annual pass and entitles the holder to return to the museum free of charge as many times as you like during the year! (Excluding Tiger Day, Tankfest, and Warfare Through the Ages; our Special Event Days).

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 - just £4 per person!
Normal admission charges apply and annual passes are valid for this event.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal admission fees apply



Tankfest 2015

  • 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.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Online Prices:
Adult - £20.50, Child (5-16) - £13.00, Under 5s - FREE
Please see website for further details.



Summer Holidays

  • 18 July — 2 September 2015

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.


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.


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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