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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

Young boy colouring

February Half Term: Build a Museum Bug

  • 25 February 2018 *on now

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

Coderdojo

  • 3 March 2018 2-4pm

Parents and children can also take advantage of the resources provided, such as Scratch and Arduino instructions, Pico Boards, circuit prototyping components, and Raspberry Pi-top CEEDs. If you run into any problems, our friendly, experienced student volunteers can help you! No previous experience is necessary.

Please note: The Coderdojo is suitable for children aged 7 and over. Further details can be found when booking.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, book in advance as places are limited.

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1324/coderdojo

Women’s Transport History Talk

  • 3 March 2018 From 11am
  • 8 March 2018 From 11am

Please note: some of the vehicles discussed are for illustrative purposes, and may not have a direct link to the historic character.
Hearing loops available. Please note we have a limited number for loan, therefore booking is essential. Please request the loop when you make your booking via Eventbrite.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5 per adult, book online in advance.

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1326/womens_transport_history_talk

Sat Vehicle Stories

Star Vehicle Stories

  • 5 March 2018
  • 12 March 2018
  • 19 March 2018
  • 26 March 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.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • Any age

Admission

£1 per child
Drop in.
No booking required. Please ask at reception for location of this session.

Website

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

Photography Workshop

Photographic Storytelling with a DSLR

  • 7 March 2018 2:30-4pm

Explore exposure and focal length using DSLR cameras to tell a story using the collection as your inspiration.

Please note: Participants should bring their own cameras, but a limited number can be supplied for use on request. Please ask when booking via Eventbrite.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10, book online in advance.

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1332/photographic_storytelling_with_a_dslr

Coventry Timeline Talk

  • 13 March 2018 11am-12pm

This guided tour highlights a small selection of our fantastic collection, and gives you the opportunity to find out a little more.

Hearing loops available.
Please note we have a limited number for loan, therefore booking is essential. Please request the loop when you make your booking via Eventbrite.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5 per adult, book in advance.

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1327/coventry_timeline_talk

Easter Holiday Activities

Easter Holidays: Family Craft Activities

  • 3 — 15 April 2018

Tuesday 3
Funky Phones
An old-fashioned favourite. Make your own mobile phone using tins and string, decorate, and be amazed at how it works.

Wednesday 4
Visible Sound
Have a go at making an incredible artwork with the help of sound and paint. Careful. This activity can get messy!

Thursday 5
Big Drum, Little Drum
Drummers at the ready, get set, DRUM! Make two drums and see how different they can sound.

Friday 6
Extraordinary Ears (Part I)
Have a go at making extraordinary ears using clay and complete the faces. Let’s see your creations! Careful. This activity can get messy!

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8
Amazing Animals
Have a go at making a variety of animals using the paper folding technique of Origami. Can you make the animal sound?
Free. Donations are welcome.

Monday 9
Musical Pipes.
Make a unique instrument with a few simple materials.

Tuesday 10
Wonderful Wind Chimes
Make sounds visible with the power of wind and add your own design.

Wednesday 11
Super Sound Machines
Use the materials provided and get your inventor hat on to create an amazing sound machine.

Thursday 12
Sound Moves
Make an instrument that makes a sound when moved.

Friday 13
Extraordinary Ears (Part II)
Our animals are missing their ears. Can you help putting them back? Careful. This activity can get messy!

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15
Inspiring Instruments
Have a go at making a variety of model instruments using the paper folding technique of Origami.
Free. Donations are welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.50 per child, under 2s free (unless otherwise stated).

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/1321/easter_holidays_family_craft_activities

Cars & Coffee Breakfast Club 2018

  • 14 April 2018 8:30-11:30am

Running on the second Saturday of each month from April to October (apart from August) this classic car event is free to join. The September event is also part of Coventry Car & Motorcycle Day.

Bring your classic car, whatever it may be, to join other classics in a wide and varied display of beautiful cars from years gone by, on Millennium Place outside the museum.

Coventry Transport Museums welcomes returning sponsor Footman James Insurance as the Cars & Coffee Sponsor for 2018. Every registered participating car owner will receive a voucher for a free Tea/Coffee and Party or Teacake from the Esquires range.

Due to space restrictions, places at Cars & Coffee are strictly limited, and only pre-registered vehicles will be permitted onto Millennium Place on the day. To register please email clive.skelhon@culturecoventry.com

Suitable for

  • Any age

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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