Coventry Transport Museum

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

Website

www.transport-museum.com

E-mail

enquiries@transport-museum.com

Telephone

024 7623 4270

Fax

024 7623 4284

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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
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.
Easter Holiday: Coventry Through the Ages

Easter Holiday: Coventry Through the Ages

  • 3 — 19 April 2015

Join us for two weeks of fun family activities, including a brand new activity trail and creative speed inspired workshops.

All workshops are suitable for age 6+, and must be booked unless otherwise stated. Younger siblings are welcome, colouring sheets are available.
Places on bookable workshops are limited, so book today!

Land Speed Record Exhibition Trail - Free
Fri 3 April – Sun 19 April - All Day

Test yourself with our new free family activity trail in the Land Speed Record Exhibition, where you can find fascinating facts, answer questions and design your own 1000mph car.

Costumed Coventry - Free
Friday 3 April – Sunday 19 April
Ask upon arrival for the next session

Meet our costumed characters who will bring Victorian and First World War Coventry to life! There will be fancy dress photo opportunities as well as the chance to handle real museum objects.

WEEK 1

Clay Car Modelling - £5
Monday 6 April
11.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Learn about aero dynamics and make a land speed record car from clay. Booking is required, call 024 7623 4270.

Bicycle Collages - £1
Tuesday 7 April
10.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30 - 3.30pm

Make a collage all about the cycle history of the city. Drop in.

Sonic Backpacks - £3
Wednesday 8 April
11.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Create a cool sonic backpack to help you zoom home! Booking is required, call 024 7623 4270.

Ceramic Car Moneyboxes - £3
Thursday 9 April
10.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30 - 3.30pm

Make a miniature car moneybox. Drop in.

Decorative Speed Helmet - £3
Friday 10 April
11.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Make a decorative helmet to wear in our new Land Speed Record Exhibition. Booking is required, call 024 7623 4270.

WEEK 2

Supersonic Car - £3
Monday 13 April
11.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Design and model a supersonic car using construction materials. Booking is required, call 024 7623 4270.

Ceramic Car Moneyboxes - £3
Tuesday 14 April
10.30am - 12.30pm &
1.30 - 3.30pm

Make a miniature car moneybox. Drop in.

Clay Car Modelling - £5
Wednesday 15 April
11.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Learn about aero dynamics and make a land speed record car from clay. Booking is required, call 024 7623 4270.

Bicycle Collages - £1
Thursday 16 April
10.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30 - 3.30pm

Make a collage all about the cycle history of the city. Drop in.

Pushbike Parachute - £3
Friday 17 April
11.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Make a cool personalised parachute for your bike. Booking is required, call 024 7623 4270.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Individual workshop prices apply.
Booking is required, please contact 02476 234270.

Website

http://www.transport-museum.com/events/event/269/easter_holiday_coventry_through_the_ages.aspx

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.

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