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.

Venue Type:

Museum

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

Admission

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

Website

http://www.tankmuseum.org/home

Tank Men

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

Admission to this exhibition is included in the Museum Admission fee.

Website

http://tankmuseum.org/whats-on/exhibitions/bovexb53421

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.
display

May Half Term - Firepower

  • 28 May — 5 June 2016

Tanks in Action Displays – Every Weekday
See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Monday 30 May. 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.

Firepower Themed Activities
Climb inside a First World War and Modern Battle tank. Find out more about weaponry through the ages 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!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission fees apply

Website

http://www.tankmuseum.org

Tankfest

Tankfest 2016

  • 25 — 26 June 2016 9am-6pm

TANKFEST RETURNS TO THE TANK MUSEUM...
...bringing the story of tanks, tank crew and soldiers to life...

Join us for the world's biggest and best live display of historic armour, living history, and much more at the Home of the Tank.

Following the sell-out 2015 TANKFEST, we strongly advise buying tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

See website for prices

Website

http://www.tankmuseum.org

Wargamers

Wargamers Weekend

  • 2 — 3 July 2016 10am-5pm

The annual War Gamers event returns to The Tank Museum, as hobbyists take over the Museum for the weekend.

War gaming clubs from across the country will be exhibiting different strategy games for visitors to view and join in. Specialist traders will also be dispersed around the Museum allowing gamers to add to their collections... and for novices to start their own!

This is a must see event for anyone; especially those with an interest in war gaming and the associated hobbies of diorama building, modelling and play table making.

Call 01929 462359 for more information.

Please note: Access to some exhibits may be obstructed during the course of this weekend event.

Annual Passes ARE valid for this event.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission fees apply

Website

http://www.tankmuseum.org

Summer holidays

Summer Holidays

  • 21 July — 4 September 2016

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 during the May Half Term holiday. Watch in awe as armoured vehicles and a Main Battle Tank 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.

The display takes place in the Kuwait Arena, outside the Museum, and is included in the price of your admission ticket.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission fees apply

Website

http://www.tankmuseum.org

Tank story hall

Attack of the Daleks

  • 23 — 24 July 2016 10am-5pm

The Dalek's, Doctor Who's arch nemesis', will be invading The Tank Museum on the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2016!

Annual Passes ARE valid for this event!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission fees apply

Website

http://www.tankmuseum.org

Warfare Through the Ages 2016

  • 6 — 7 August 2016 9am-5pm

See the history of warfare in action from Medieval to Modern day with living history encampments, drills, weaponry displays, firearms evolution and period battles.

We have assembled some of the very best re-enactment groups in the UK, including the Sealed Knot, the Southern Skirmish Association and the elite units for the Napoleonic Association.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Including a FREE Annual Pass
Adult
£13.00

Children (5-16)
£7.50

2 Adults & 2 Children
£35.00

1 Adults & 3 Children
£29.00

Website

http://www.tankmuseum.org/whats-on/events/bovevt53505

The Tank Museum
Bovington
Dorset
BH20 6JG
England

Website

www.tankmuseum.org

E-mail

General

info@tankmuseum.org

Event Manager

EventsMgr@tankmuseum.org

Marketing and Communications

Marketing@tankmuseum.org

Librarian

librarian@tankmuseum.org

Education Officer

FelicityW@tankmuseum.org

Telephone

General & Customer Enquiries

01929 405096

Events Manager

01929 405096 ext 238

Marketing and Communications Manager

01929 405096 ext 234

Librarian

01929 405096 ext 230

Education Officer

01929 405096 ext 204

Fax

General

01929 405360

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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