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

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 concentrating on making paper cup model

Dad’s Days Out Workshop 1: Construction

  • 24 February 2018

This workshop series is an opportunity for dads of all ages (yes, that includes granddads) to spend quality time with their children, exploring the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Meet fellow dads in a relaxed environment, and enjoy having a go at specially designed tinker-boxes. Explore at your own pace, with one of our guides on hand to answer questions.

This workshop focusses on woodwork – with real tools! – and looking at different types of materials.

Drop in. No booking required.

Suitable for age 3+

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

​£5 per family (1 adult and up to 2 children age 3+, additional child at £2.50) per session

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1305/dads_days_out_workshop_1_construction

young girl holding book

Star Vehicle Stories

  • 22 January 2018
  • 29 January 2018
  • 5 February 2018
  • 12 February 2018
  • 26 February 2018
  • 5 March 2018
  • 12 March 2018
  • 19 March 2018
  • 26 March 2018
  • 16 April 2018
  • 23 April 2018
  • 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

Young boy playing with Lego

STEMtastic Explorers

  • 7 February 2018
  • 7 March 2018
  • 18 April 2018

Introducing the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) in a fun way. The sessions will be led by a member of our learning team who will guide your young explorers through different STEM themes with song, stories and experiments.

Drop in. Aimed at children age 2-5, but all ages are welcome

No booking required. At arrival, please ask at reception for location of this session.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£2 per child
Aimed at children age 2-5, but all ages are welcome

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1314/stemtastic_explorers

Children making creative constructions

Dad’s Days Out Workshop 2: Engineering and Coding

  • 27 January 2018
  • 10 March 2018

This workshop series is an opportunity for dads of all ages (yes, that includes granddads) to spend quality time with their children, exploring the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Meet fellow dads in a relaxed environment, and enjoy having a go at specially designed tinker-boxes. Explore at your own pace, with one of our guides on hand to answer questions.

This workshop focusses on engineering and coding by exploring robots and Meccano.

Drop in. No booking required.

Suitable for age 3+

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

£5 per family (1 adult and up to 2 children age 3+, additional child at £2.50) per session

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1308/dads_days_out_workshop_2_engineering_and_coding

Young girl using felt tip pens

Dad’s Days Out Workshop 3: Rockets and Engines

  • 10 February 2018
  • 24 March 2018

This workshop series is an opportunity for dads of all ages (yes, that includes granddads) to spend quality time with their children, exploring the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Meet fellow dads in a relaxed environment, and enjoy having a go at specially designed tinker-boxes. Explore at your own pace, with one of our guides on hand to answer questions.

This workshop focusses on rockets and engines.

Drop in. No booking required.

Suitable for age 3+

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

​£5 per family (1 adult and up to 2 children age 3+, additional child at £2.50) per session

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1309/dads_days_out_workshop_3_rockets_and_engines

Children creating models from cardboard

February Half Term: Behind the Scenes

  • 17 — 23 February 2018

This February Half Term is the perfect opportunity to explore the science that is used “behind the scenes” of a museum. Join us in the Learning Centre to make spectroscopes, thermometers and bugs. Saturday 17 February 2018 – Friday 23 February (not Sunday)

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) will be joined by the arts throughout the half term holiday. Enjoy the mix of science and art and take all of your creations home!

Saturday 17 February
Creepy Crawlies
Have a look at our museum bugs. Make your own museum bug catcher and take it around the museum. Can you find any?

Monday 19 February
Spectacular Spectroscopes
Make your very own Spectroscope and be wowed by the discovery of a transportable rainbow!

Tuesday 20 February
Wonderful Waters
In this colourful and fun session you can experiment with different types of fluids, learn about the density of different materials while making beautiful pictures to take home.

Wednesday 21 February
Thermometer Madness
Have a go at making a thermometer from everyday materials. The best thing is – it works and you can take it home with you.

Thursday 22 February
Car Collage
Using different materials like leather, wood, rubber and metal make your very own car collage to take home.

Friday 23 February
Wrapping It Up
Small boxes, big boxes. Square boxes, round boxes. Make boxes with only one piece of paper. Learn some ingenious engineering and take it home to store your very own collection.

Drop in. No booking required. Learning Centre (first floor).

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£2.50 per child unless stated otherwise.
Suitable for age 3+, but all are welcome
Under 2s are free

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1316/february_half_term_behind_the_scenes

Young girl holding a book

February Half Term: Star Vehicle Stories

  • 19 February 2018

Discover the amazing hidden stories of star vehicles and objects.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£1 per child

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1317/february_half_term_star_vehicle_stories

Young boy playing with Lego

February Half Term: STEMtastic Explorers

  • 20 February 2018
  • 22 February 2018

Tuesday 20 February, 11am - 12pm
Light

Thursday 22 February, 11am - 12pm
Different Materials, Different Features

Introducing the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM) in a fun way. The sessions will be led by a member of our learning team who will guide your young explorers through different STEM themes with song, stories and experiments.

Drop in.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£2 per child
Aimed at children age 2 - 5, but all ages are welcome.
No booking required. Please ask at reception for location of this session.

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1318/february_half_term_stemtastic_explorers

Young boy colouring

February Half Term: Build a Museum Bug

  • 24 — 25 February 2018

Pop in to our community space to create your own museum bug. We'll supply materials including paper, glue and googly eyes, just bring your imagination!

Drop in.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free, suitable for over 3s but all welcome.

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1320/february_half_term_build_a_museum_bug

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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