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The Tank Museum

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Address: Bovington, Wareham BH20 6JG, England
Phone Number: +44 1929 405096
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The Tank Museum brings history to life, with the world's best collection...
The Tank Museum brings history to life, with the world's best collection of tanks and explosive live displays. See almost 300 armoured vehicles as you explore seven powerful exhibitions. "The Tank Story" details tank history from 1915 to the present. "Battlegroup Afghanistan" transports you to the modern front line. In "The Second World War - Discovery Centre", you'll see the breadth of our unique collection plus "Fury" uncovering our involvement in the film. Following the First World War centenary commemorations, explore "The Trench Experience" and "Warhorse to Horsepower". New for 2015, "Tank Factory" tells the story of the tank makers.
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It rained. Tank museum is inside. No brainer

We were in Devon for 3 days. On the 3rd day it was raining and blowing hard. So where is the biggest attraction that is indoors. Yes the Tank Museum. To be honest I am ex... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We were in Devon for 3 days. On the 3rd day it was raining and blowing hard. So where is the biggest attraction that is indoors. Yes the Tank Museum. To be honest I am ex military so I wanted to go anyway. My wife was less impressed. One tank is like every other tank, you've seen one, you've seen... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

We visited while on a trip to the area. We managed to lose ourselves in the wonderful exhibits. There is so much to see and such a fitting tribute to those brave people who fight for us daily. Thank you for the experience.

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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Haven't been to this museum for years,and remembered lots of tanks in a chilly setting with little else.On arrival to see a modern professional museum,with a warm welcoming staff.As I walked in I was struck how warm and dry it was,and how spacious and well laid out the displays were.Have always been interested in tanks and fighting vehicles,and I was... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I have made several trips to Bovington now, including for Tank Fest. This is an absolutely fascinating place to visit. Excellent value. Superb (and very well looked after) facilities. Can't wait for my next visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Well laid out but poor level of interpretation panels on many of the exhibits. Very few staff to offer advice on the spot etc. Clean and bright though. Not great for children but late teenagers and adults are fine. Restaurant is awful so bring your own food. Good educational experience though but not up there with the best (quite). The... More 

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Havant, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Always welcomed by knowledgeable, enthusiastic, passionate, funny staff. Amazing facility, amazing selection of tanks, including the first tank, one-of-a-kind's and everything else in between! I love this place, and visit frequently. Too bad the Khalid was moved to the VCC though :P

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Lots of different vehicles on display from most era's and most countries well worth a visit to conservation centre a great day out

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Very good day out if you love Tanks, very informative, does exactly what it says on the tin. Cafe was average/ok, they stopped making pannini's etc at 2pm which was a bit odd as it was quite busy being a wet half term day, but the couple of sandwiches that were left on the shelf filled a hole. Would be... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The awe of walking around these beasts, then seeing track marks at the back is fantastic. The huge variety and accessibility, means you need a full day to explore. The fantastically detailed exhibits and most importantly the restored vehicles just soak up the time. The life performance is well worth it. Cafe serves family diner food, I was ok with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I am a frequent visitor to the Tank Musuem. It is always a superb day out especially the tank fest days where you have the opportunity to speak with experts and volunteers alike and learn about all things military, particularly the development of the tank from WW1 to modern day conflicts. The creme de la creme is of course seeing... More 

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