Coventry Transport Museum

Coventry Transport Museum
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The Museum displays the largest collection of British cars, cycles and motorcycles in the world and is designated as a collection of national importance. Visitors can explore over 150 years of unique history and there’s something different round every corner. Where else can you see the earliest British cars and cycles, Queen Mary’s State Limousine, a De Lorean ‘back from the future’ and two Land Speed record holders - all under one roof? But it's not just a place for the past – you can design your own car, feel what its like to break the sound barrier at 763 miles an hour, and even travel into the future. Every gallery is well presented with interactive displays ranging from simulators and computer games through to films, drawing sheets and soft-play building blocks.

With a world-renowned collection and dynamic displays the Museum is one of the major attractions in the West Midlands region.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Mon - Sun 10.00-17.00
Last entry 16.30

Closed: 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January

Admission charges

Free Admission for all visitors

Getting there

By Road
Coventry is close to the M1/M6/M40/M42. Follow signs to city centre and take junction 1 or 2. As a city centre attraction there is no parking available at the Museum itself however, city centre pay and display car parks are all within walking distance. The nearest car parks to the Museum are Bishop Street, West Orchards Shopping Mall, Fairfax Street and the Belgrade Plaza.

By Rail
There are excellent links to London Euston via Virgin Trains; Cross Country routes north and south and local services to Nuneaton and Northampton. The Museum is a 15-minute walk from the station. Buses numbered 17, 27 and 49 stop near the Museum.

By Bus
Most buses stop at Pool Meadow bus station or on Trinity Street, both of which are a 2 minute walk from the Museum. Coventry has a North and South Park & Ride services and both the North and South routes have a stop-off point at Junction of Corporation Street and Burges, which is very close to the Museum. The North route operates from the AT7 Centre in Bell Green which is to the north of the city centre. This location is ideal for the M6 Junction 3 - A444. The south route operates from Coventry's War Memorial Park situated on the Kenilworth Road/ A45.

Additional info

Visitors are advised to ring beforehand if interested in specific areas or items to ensure they are on display.

The entire collection of Coventry Transport Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Displaying the most comprehensive collection of the products of the Midlands motor industry, this museum demonstrates the central role played by the road transport industries of Great Britain, and the City of Coventry in particular, in the industrial, economic, social and cultural development of the world. The museum's splendid collection of 200 cycles ranges from an 1818 Hobby Horse to the latest BMX.

Its superb motor vehicle collection incorporates the largest display of British Daimlers, 200 cars and commercial vehicles from 1896 to date, 90 motorcycles from 1920 to date, Thrust 2 and Thrust SSC the world land speed record cars, and commercial vehicles.

The museum's extensive archives, open by prior appointment, sustain the argument that the car has been the greatest instrument of social change of the past century.

Collection details

Land Transport, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Thrust2 and ThrustSSC Land Speed Record Cars.
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Behind the Scenes: Transport Treasures straight from the stores

  • 27 January — 7 May 2018 *on now

The Coventry Transport Museum holds the world’s largest public collection of British vehicles, so big that not all of it can be on display at one time. Behind The Scenes enables visitors to see key objects from our stores and reserve collections, rarely seen in the public domain.

The museum can trace its origin to the 1930s with the donation to the city of the Bartleet cycle collection. In 1980, the collection grew so large that a new museum was created. In 2001, the Museum of British Road Transport became Coventry Transport Museum which now proudly showcases the city’s transport legacy through its vehicle manufacture, design and innovation.

Come along and see the technicolour rickshaw cycle, the turbo Talbot, and the extremely popular Barbie Jaguar, amongst many other treasures not usually on display.

Put on your imaginary dust suit and step behind the scenes to reveal what happens out of sight. Learn the history of objects, discover their journey into the collection and learn more about their current condition.

If you’re really lucky you may even witness our team at work, conserving our objects right in front of you.

We bring you Behind the Scenes and invite you to discover these hidden treasures.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1323/behind_the_scenes_transport_treasures_straight_from_the_stores

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.
young girl holding book

Star Vehicle Stories

  • 23 April 2018 *on now
  • 30 April 2018

Get to know the Star Vehicles of our collection with your little explorer, through interactive stories, songs and hands-on experiences – and all inside our galleries. Each week, we will discover another exciting vehicle story that helps to build a sense of self and a fun introduction to local history.

Drop in.

No booking required

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£1

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1315/star_vehicle_stories

Getting there

By Road
Coventry is close to the M1/M6/M40/M42. Follow signs to city centre and take junction 1 or 2. As a city centre attraction there is no parking available at the Museum itself however, city centre pay and display car parks are all within walking distance. The nearest car parks to the Museum are Bishop Street, West Orchards Shopping Mall, Fairfax Street and the Belgrade Plaza.

By Rail
There are excellent links to London Euston via Virgin Trains; Cross Country routes north and south and local services to Nuneaton and Northampton. The Museum is a 15-minute walk from the station. Buses numbered 17, 27 and 49 stop near the Museum.

By Bus
Most buses stop at Pool Meadow bus station or on Trinity Street, both of which are a 2 minute walk from the Museum. Coventry has a North and South Park & Ride services and both the North and South routes have a stop-off point at Junction of Corporation Street and Burges, which is very close to the Museum. The North route operates from the AT7 Centre in Bell Green which is to the north of the city centre. This location is ideal for the M6 Junction 3 - A444. The south route operates from Coventry's War Memorial Park situated on the Kenilworth Road/ A45.

Coventry Transport Museum
Millennium Place
Hales Street
Coventry
CV1 1JD
England

Website

www.transport-museum.com

E-mail

info@culturecoventry.com

Telephone

024 7623 4270

Fax

024 7623 4284

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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