The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum
BH20 6JG




Event Manager

Marketing and Communications


Education Officer


General & Customer Enquiries

01929 405096

Events Manager

01929 405096 ext 238

Marketing and Communications Manager

01929 405096 ext 234


01929 405096 ext 230

Education Officer

01929 405096 ext 216



01929 405360

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Archive, Gallery

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: £12.00
Seniors/ Disabled: £9.00
Children (5-16): £7.50
2 Adults and 2 Children : £ 32.00
1 Adult and 3 Children : £27.50
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.
Battlegroup Afghanistan

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.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age


The Tank Museum


Normal Admission Price, See Website for details. Ticket valid for 12 months


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


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.
Tank going around our arena in a Tanks in Action Display

Summer Tanks in Action Displays

  • 23 July — 5 September 2014 *on now

Don’t miss the brand new and improved explosive Tanks in Action Displays, every weekday during the Summer Holidays.

In recognition of the First World War Centenary, the display will open with a fierce fire-fight between British and German troops backed up by our replica WW1 tank – the Mark IV. Then 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.

There's plenty of action inside the Museum as well!

Talks & Tours - Learn more about things like the Mark IV, Chieftain, and Tommy in the Trenches with handling sessions and interactive displays, every day at The Museum.

Craft Activities - There are "Poppy Field" and "Tommy" colouring sheets, trails and crafts to keep your children engaged and entertained.

Re-enactors - Meet our First World War re-enactors outside their bell tent every weekday and find out more about life during the War.

Diamond Faces, the face painters, will also be here on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday every week during the Summer holidays.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £12.50, Concessions (OAP, Student & Disabled) £9.00, Children £7.50, Family Saver 1 (2 Adults & 2 Children) £33.00, Family Saver 2 (1 Adult & 3 Children) £28.00, Under 5's FREE