The Tank Museum
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
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
Tank Men: The Story of the First Crews
- 25 March 2016 — 26 March 2021 *on now
The Tank Museum’s landmark First World War Centenary exhibition, Tank Men: The Story of the First Crews, focuses on the stories of eight men who crewed the first tanks, 1916-1918.
The new exhibition tells the stories of eight First World War British tank soldiers who were among the pioneers of armoured warfare. These individuals were carefully chosen following extensive research in the Museums archives, drawing upon previously unseen materials – documents, images and supporting collections - to assemble their service histories.
Elliot Hotblack, Cyril Coles, Sydney Hadley, Archie Smith, Basil Henriques, Walter Ratcliffe, Charles Baker and Clement Arnold were chosen to feature in the exhibition because they stood out. Each man’s involvement with First World War tanks resulted in remarkable experiences – dramatic and moving stories that have stood the test of time and have an emotional impact that still resonates today.
Alongside the personal stories are of course the tanks themselves. The Museum boasts the finest collection of First World War tanks in the world including the only Mark 1 tank in existence. This new exhibition will serve to illustrate the link between the tanks, the people who served in them and their extraordinary stories.
Admission to this exhibition is included in the Museum Admission fee.
October Half Term - 100 years of the tank
- 22 — 30 October 2016 *on now
Tanks in Action Displays – Every Weekday
See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Monday 24 October. Realistic explosions, life-like explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action–packed demonstration of Tanks in Action.
Vehicle Rides – Every Day
Experience for yourself the thrill of riding in an M548 tracked vehicle. This working example of military hardware seats 16 at a time – so the whole family can jump on together. Available every day during the holidays, a £3.50pp charge applies.
Tank 100 Themed Activities
Climb inside a First World War and Modern Battle tank. Find out more about life in the trenches and take part in our Junior Tank Story talk.
Tonnes of Fun for Families!
Kids can let off steam in our outdoor play area and in our new inside soft play area, adjacent to our Café. Plus free family trails to keep them absorbed with teasers and puzzles!
- Any age
£13 Adults £7.50 Children. Annual passes are valid
- 13 November 2016 10am-5pm
This service will be attended by serving soldiers, veterans and their families, but visitors are also very welcome to join in the service.
This well attended service will take place in the Cold War Hall. After this, a wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Royal Armoured Corps Memorial, outside the Museum.
All visitors will be asked to respect the 2 minutes silence that occurs at 11.00.
- Any age
Normal admission fees apply.
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